Oh Republicans, You Never Cease To AmazeRep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), a U.S. Senate candidate, explained his unique perspective on biology and sexual health:
"From what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare," Akin told a St. Louis TV station. "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 on the rapist and not attacking the child."
A "legitimate rape"? So, in addition to his crackpot view of female reproduction, he's insinuating that if a woman gets pregnant from rape, it wasn't REALLY rape or else she couldn't have gotten pregnant. This guy would have had a field day back in the 1800s when the legal POV was that it was physically impossible to rape a woman who didn't want to be raped because she'd clench her muscles and make intercourse impossible.