DNC Tries to Tie Akin’s ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment to Romney And Ryan

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Photo: Twitter)

Yesterday, Todd Akin, a Republican congressman and Senate candidate in Missouri, sparked a controversy when he suggested women can’t become pregnant from “legitimate rape.” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz responded with an email to supporters this morning attempting to connect Mr. Akin’s comments to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

“Akin’s choice of words isn’t the real issue here. The real issue is a Republican party — led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — whose policies on women and their health are dangerously wrong,” Ms. Wasserman-Schultz wrote. 

Mr. Akin made his “legitimate rape” remark when discussing his stance on abortion in cases where rape leads to a pregnancy on a local interview show.

“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said. “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 of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”

After the comment caused an uproar Mr. Akin quickly issued a statement saying, “it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview.” Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg also made clear the Republican presidential ticket doesn’t agree with Mr. Akin’s comments.

“Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” she said.

Ms. Wasserman-Schultz doesn’t want to let the Romney campaign off that easily.

“What do Romney and Ryan think of Akin’s latest statement? They’ve been trying to distance themselves from it–but Congressman Ryan has already partnered with Akin on a whole host of issues that restrict women’s ability to make their own health care decisions,” wrote Ms. Wasserman-Schultz. “This kind of ‘leadership’ is dangerously wrong for women — and I can’t sit by and watch as these out of touch Republicans like Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and Todd Akin continue to roll back women’s rights.”

Read her full message below.

“Friend –

In a year that has brought us no shortage of stunningly backward statements from Republicans on issues affecting women’s health, the GOP Senate nominee from Missouri may have just taken the cake.

This morning, Rep. Todd Akin, explaining his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape, said that victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

What exactly, Rep. Akin, is an “illegitimate” rape? And what are these unnamed “ways” women have of avoiding pregnancy after being (legitimately) raped?

Now, Akin’s choice of words isn’t the real issue here. The real issue is a Republican party — led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — whose policies on women and their health are dangerously wrong.

I’m outraged at the Republicans trying to take women back to the dark ages — if you agree, join me in taking a stand for women.

Really, it’s deeply concerning that Republicans continue to support legislation that is, quite literally, dangerous for women.

Mitt Romney famously says he would “get rid of” federal funding for Planned Parenthood if he had the chance. His running mate, Paul Ryan, was one of more than 200 Republican cosponsors of a piece of legislation that would have narrowed the definition of rape.

Can you imagine — the same Republican House that refuses to pass a jobs bill jumped at the opportunity to make life harder for victims of rape?

And what do Romney and Ryan think of Akin’s latest statement? They’ve been trying to distance themselves from it — but Congressman Ryan has already partnered with Akin on a whole host of issues that restrict women’s ability to make their own health care decisions.

This kind of “leadership” is dangerously wrong for women — and I can’t sit by and watch as these out of touch Republicans like Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and Todd Akin continue to roll back women’s rights.

It’s time for us to move forward — not back — on women’s rights. Take a stand for women now:

http://my.democrats.org/Stand-Up-for-Women

Thanks,

Debbie

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chair
Democratic National Committee”