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Todd Akin is the former six-term US Representative for Missouri's second congressional district. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and member of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Akin earned an M.Div. degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and worked in the private sector before entering Congress. He lives in St. Louis County.
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A computer mistake at the end means his campaign workers get no severance pay and he owes $ to venders. Quality work if ever there was any. Too bad he is not still on the government payroll serving the people of the United States of America. (Not).
Todd Akin and people like him do more damage to the church than they can possibly imagine. But even if he understood it, there is no indication here that he would change his ways. None of what he does is to honor Christ, it's all to honor himself. As he says he will not be running for anything again (a moot point, as there's almost nothing he could get elected to), this book is mostly a parting shot to say 'I was right'. No, sir, you were wrong. One day Christ will ask you about your words. I hope you have something better to say to him than what you have said in this book.
The former has an unwanted pregnancy violently imposed; the latter is a liar. So if a woman shows up at Planned Parenthood clinic, who is to say her rape claim is real or not? Akin, or the woman and a police report? News for Akin: ia pregnant rape victim's body does not "shut down." The sperm can indeed find the egg, and is on they way to becoming a fetus.
Akin earnestly apologized for his remarks on video during the campaign. Well, he is recanting his apology two years later. The Missouri Republican now insists that he always believed in what he said regarding "legitimate rape" and is convinced that the media, Democrats, and Republicans such as Mitt Romney all decided to persecute him because he is a good, Christian, patriotic man. Ah yes, that grand conspiracy against right wing Christians -- that explains everything! Akin now claims in FB that the incident was all part of a "spiritual war" between good and evil. Akin was on the side of "good," in case you didn't figure that out. In mid-July, 2014, Akin told David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network that the uproar over his comments was really "part of a spiritual war," instead of a political campaign that galvanized many Missouri women voters.
And on the record, Akin remains an outspoken opponent of abortion IN ALL CASES, including health reasons or in cases of rape or incest. He also opposes embryonic stem cell research. In a 2008 speech on the floor of the House of Representatives (where he served 6 terms), Akin called abortion providers "terrorists" and alleged that it was -- brace yourself dear reader -- "common practice" for abortion providers to perform "abortions" on women who were not actually pregnant. Excuse me, how is THAT possible?
Let's look a some real data: according to a 1996 study, approximately 32,000 pregnancies result from rape annually in the United States, and about 5 percent of rape victims are impregnated. "Rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency," the study says, according to an abstract. "It is a cause of many unwanted pregnancies and is also closely linked with family and domestic violence."
Therefore, Akin was and still is staking out some of the most socially conservative, far right territory possible on this issue. Missouri was and is pretty socially conservative, but even many Republicans believe in abortion exceptions for rape and incest. Further, a Gallup poll showed 20 percent of Americans believe in no exceptions for abortion, but that's no small number: 1 in 5. So if your sister was raped and became pregnant, 1 in 5 Americans would force her to deliver a baby that was the outcome of criminal assault, i.e. the violation of a girl or woman's bodily integrity, compounding the crime by keeping the traumatic memory of the event vivid for 9 months.
Finally, after reversing his campaign apology, just who would publish the extremist Akins's latest entry into divisive politics? Why, none other than World Net Daily, the principal source for anti-Obama and other wild conspiracy theories and all manner of far right wing whack-job jibberish! Ever hear of the "birthers"? WND is their home base, and Todd Akin is now playing on their team.
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