Sometimes, a politician makes a remark for which the only appropriate response is stunned silence. And so it is, again, with good ol’ “legitimate rape” Todd Akin. Videos have surfaced of the Republican Senate candidate giving a speech on the House floor warning about, among other things, doctors who perform abortions on women that aren’t pregnant:
“One of the good pieces of news why we’re winning this war is because there are not enough heartless doctors being graduated from medical schools. There’s a real shortage of abortionists. Who wants to be at the very bottom of the food chain of the medical profession? And what sort of places do these bottom-of-the-food-chain doctors work in? Places that are really a pit. You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die. All of these things are common practice, and all of that information is available for America.”
Oh, Todd Akin. I really wonder how your mind works.
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