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Todd Akin Rescinds “Legitimate Rape” Apology in New Book

Why Todd Akin was able to get a book deal remains the greatest mystery surrounding the new book by the former Senate candidate who became infamous for saying pregnancy after “legitimate rape” is “rare.” While he apologized for the comment during the 2012 campaign, he has since rescinded that apology in his new book Firing Back, (previewed by POLITICO) in which the former Congressman tries to characterize himself as a victim of media assassination.

He tries to defend his comments about rape by suggesting that he was simply referring to “the impact of stress on fertilization.” He said that this is a matter debated and discussed by “fertility doctors” and chided his detractors to “Google ‘stress and infertility’ to find out more about this serious medical debate.

Well, we at IssueHawk never turn down an opportunity for some good Googling, and this is what we found. The series of scholarly articles, evergreen content for medical and parenting websites, and the occasional fluff piece from serious media outlets all support Akin’s statement that there is a connection between stress and infertility. Of course, this connection involves chronic stress measured over a significant period of time.

What is also troubling about this is that Akin is equating “stress” with the complex, intense emotional response one might have to a violent act of violation that can traumatize a victim for life. And why? Why was he even talking about this in the first place? Because of abortion.

Akin reportedly says in the book that “during his time as a state legislator, he wished he could have done more to ‘end this evil’” and says abortion “easily trumps slavery as the greatest moral evil in American history.”

I would bet that Akin believes that, but like with the Hobby Lobby ruling belief should not trump scientific fact. His compassion for the unborn stems most likely from his set of religious values, which is nice I suppose, but taken from the same source that says people who work on the Sabbath should be killed, adulterers stoned to death, and that homosexuals are abominations against the Lord.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.