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Should Akin Resign For Rape Remark?

U.S. Senator Scott Brown and his challenger Elizabeth Warren both condemned Akin's comments this morning.

Senator Scott Brown has called on Missouri Representative Todd Akin to resign after Akin made comments Sunday that implied women who are raped could shut down their reproductive organs.

“As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong,” Brown, a fellow Republican, said in a statement. “There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US Senate in Missouri.”

Brown may be the first prominent Republican to call for Akin’s resignation from the race, according to the Boston Globe.

Both Brown and his Senate rival, Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren, had earlier today condemned Akin’s comments that pregnancy among rape victims is "really rare."

When asked his opinion on abortions in the case of rape during a TV interview Sunday, Akin, a Republican from Missouri who is running for a seat in the Senate, said the following:

"It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child."

Brown, a pro-choice Republican, called for Akin to apologize in a tweet Monday morning.

"I found Todd Akin’s comments about rape victims outrageous and way over the line," the message, sent at 6:51 a.m., said. "He needs to apologize."

Just six minutes later, Warren, the Democrat challenger, also took to Twitter.

"I'm disgusted by Rep Akin's remarks about rape," the message said. "The GOP agenda for women isn't just wrong. It's dangerous."

Akin has since said he "misspoke."

What do you think - should Rep. Atkins withdraw from the race? Share your views with other readers below.

Marcia Huyette August 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Socialism never works??? Wow. I guess you don't want the police, fire and rescue depts to head to your house in an emergency.... no more trash pick up - - - we all pay for those "services" - - that's "socilaism" - and I bet you are one of those people who "Hate Commies" - even though you go to WalMart and just about any other store in America and buy tons of cheap crap made in China - therefore supporting a Communist regime! The hypocrisy in this country is overwhelming.
AM August 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
This coming from the party of smaller government?? Yea, small enough to fit into every women's uterus!! It's nobody's business! And last I heard abortion is legal in the U.S. but it's okay to have the death penalty?? This party is the American Taliban!!
barbara Tardanico August 31, 2012 at 07:42 AM
I agree with you, however in his defense I think he meant some may get into that situation fooling around and then call it rape so they can get rid of the subsequent fetus. Usually when one gets assaulted they report it immediately and proper measures are taken.
barbara Tardanico August 31, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Abortions are not illegal since millions happen daily. The argument is should we the people be forced to PAY for it. I believe in a right to life no matter what stage it is. When our taxes are used to pay for the dispicable practice we all are guilty of supporting the practice. When life becomes devalued we all become devalued and evil prospers.
Casey Meserve August 31, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I just checked the U.S. Census's statistics on abortion rates. In 2007, the latest data I found, there were 1,210,000 abortions performed that year. Definitely not millions daily. The most abortions were performed in the states with the largest populations: California and Texas. In Mass. in 2008, 18.3 pregnancies for every 1,000 women were terminated. Here's the link http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/cats/births_deaths_marriages_divorces/family_planning_abortions.html

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