‘Rape’ Comment Being Tied To Romney-Ryan
‘Rape’ Comment Being Tied To Romney-Ryan, Some say Todd Akin’s remark is proof that the GOP is trying to drag women back to “the Dark Ages.” Democrats tie Akin ‘legitimate rape’ comments to Romney-Ryan, Democrats are trying to tie Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to GOP Rep. Todd Akin’s claim that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant, accusing Republicans of trying to drag women back to “the Dark Ages.”
“Akin’s choice of words isn’t the real issue here,” Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a fundraising email. “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,” she said.
Akin-who claimed rape-induced pregnancies are rare because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”-later said he misspoke.
And the Romney campaign put out a statement distancing itself from the remarks. “Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said.
But Wasserman Schultz highlighted Romney’s vow to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood and noted that Ryan co-sponsored legislation that would have narrowed the rape exception in an anti-abortion bill to “forcible rape.” House Republicans dropped the measure after an outcry.