Todd Akin is still trying to make that “legitimate rape” thing work for him–this time, by saying that Hillary Clinton de-legitimized the claims of a 12-year-old rape victim in the mid-80’s when she got the girl’s rapist off with a light sentence.
“It is incredibly hypocritical that Hillary Clinton would carry on about an imagined ‘Republican war on women’ when she once got a child rapist off the hook who she knew to be guilty, and laughed about how she did it when interviewed,” Akin told the Daily Mail.
“In the process, she de-legitimized the legitimate claims of the 12-year-old victim and then slandered the victim to justify her tactics,” Akin said.
If you ask Akin–or even if you don’t–he will tell you that he’s not a woman hater–Hillary Clinton is. “I faced a media firestorm for an unclear comment. It is the responsibility of the media to make it clear that liberal Democrats like Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton are the true perpetrators of the ‘war on women.”
In his new book, Akin carefully defends his “legitimate rape” comments.
From the Daily Mail:
‘When a woman claims to have been raped, the police determine if the evidence supports the legal definition of “rape”,’ Akin writes. ‘Is it a legitimate claim of rape or an excuse to avoid an unwanted pregnancy? Are the police warranted to take action against a crime or not?’
‘In short, the word “legitimate” modifies the claim and not the action. There have been women who have lied about being raped, as Norman McCorvey did before the U.S. Supreme Court. The infamous Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 was based on a lie.’
‘My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down,’ Akin adds in the book, ‘was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google “stress and fertilization,” and you will find a library of research on the subject.’
‘The research is not conclusive, but there is considerable evidence that stress makes conception more difficult. And what could be more stressful than a rape?’
Akin told MailOnline that he hasn’t closed the door on running for office again in the future.
‘I have not ruled out the possibility of running for office again in the future, but it is not on my radar at the moment,’ he said Wednesday.
Akin insists that he has never denied the possibility of pregnancy from a forcible rape.
In 2012, Akin said regarding pregnancy from rape, “It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”