The six-term congressman, who is running against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill for one of Missouri’s Senate seats, made a jaw-dropping remark about rape.
When a St. Louis TV station on Sunday asked Akin about abortion in instances of rape, he said:
“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. 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.”
The female body does not, in fact, “shut that whole thing down.”