By Chance Breckenridge
ST. LOUIS - Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, apologized today after comments he made Sunday regarding rape, saying he had confused the female anatomy with parking meters.
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he said during the Sunday broadcast, adding even if the woman became pregnant, “the punishment ought to be of the rapist and not attacking the child.”
But by Monday morning, Akin was backtracking.
“I was thinking of how parking meters worked and got confused,” Akin explained. “You know how the parking meter knows if you put pennies in? I got that confused with rape. Because, you know, of course the vagina can’t do that sort of thing.”
Akin had attributed Sunday’s comments to medical evidence, although he didn’t specify a study claiming a woman’s reproductive organs could sense rape and shut down a potential pregnancy. Not even folklore and tales from the Middle Ages mentioned the magic vagina theory.
Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who in the past has supported Akin’s efforts to define forced rape in abortion legislation, has called for Akin to step down. Akin is currently running against Democrat Claire McCaskill, who this morning started organizing a victory celebration.
“I want to emphasize, though, I do not support the right to an abortion, even in cases of rape,” Akin said. “Perhaps we can learn from parking meter technology and figure out ways to develop smarter vaginas with sensors and such.”
And while Akin was speaking with this reporter, he received a text message. Digital imaging would later confirm the text was from Paul Ryan and said, “Please stop talking! Just go home and wait there until after election!”