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Bono Mack Blasts Todd Akin for 'Legitimate Rape' Comment

The senate candidate made controversial remarks in an interview that aired Sunday when he was asked whether he opposes abortion when the pregnancy is the result of rape.

Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs) took to her Facebook to release a statement about embattled GOP senate candidate Todd Akin.

Akin made controversial remarks in an interview that aired Sunday when he was asked why he opposes abortion when the pregnancy is the result of rape.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare,” the candidate from Missouri told KTVI-TV. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Bono Mack didn't mince words as she denounced Akin's comments on her Facebook page:

"I was appalled by Representative Todd Akin's reprehensible remarks about rape," she said. "They were offensive, demeaning, and show a tragic lack of empathy as well as a shameful lack of compassion. He could use some intensive sensitivity training, and a course in physiology wouldn't hurt, either. It’s mindless comments like this that polarize our country."

Calls have rang out throughout the Republican party -- including from presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney -- for Akin to remove himself from the race, where he's trying to unseat incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. But Akin today stated on former governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's radio show that he would not be stepping down

Bono Mack is in the midst of a battle with Democratic challenger Raul Ruiz for the newly formed 36th Congressional District seat.

gilbert Juarez August 22, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Someone should tell Bono Mack to read the Republican platform---no different. No abortions period!!! Legitimate rape or not..
David Rempel August 22, 2012 at 01:57 PM
There is no excuse andno defense for a staement of "legitimate rape", but such absurdities are not exclusive to conservative white males. Heres a link to Whoopi Goldberg's "But it wasn't rape rape" defense of Roman Polanski: http://m.newsbusters.org/blogs/lachlan-markay/2009/09/29/views-whoopi-goldberg-polanski-it-wasnt-rape-rape
Pam Chotiswatdi August 22, 2012 at 03:41 PM
No one should tell anyone what they should do with his or her bodies ever. My body is MY temple to do with as I see fit. Besides, it is shameful that a person in our senate does not know the basic of human anatomy. Did he skip health/sex ed? Did he have a note because of religious beliefs and did not have to attend? How is someone making votes in the senate not understand the human body? This is why our country is far behind in education. We are a country ran by ignorant dunces. All muscle no brains.
Chris Carter August 22, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Hey, Bono Mack, guys like Akin are too clueless to be on Facebook, so you are wasting your time. How about sitting down with him on Fox and explaining it to him in person, then you will have my vote.

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