Todd Akin, Legitimate Rape and the Presidential Race

Todd Akin, Legitimate Rape and the Presidential Race

by Marianna Karakoulaki


The republican stance on abortions is well known but when a Congressman makes really controversial comments on that issue just a couple of months before the presidential elections, the only sure thing is that it will create a media buzz not only in the USA but around the world. That was the case with Todd Akin, a republican U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 2001 and a congress candidate for this year’s elections. When asked about his view on abortions on a state television show Todd Akin did not say anything different from what everyone expected; his stance is clearly against contraceptive methods, what has caused so much controversy though was what he said about abortions in case of rape: “It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a
legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

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U.S. Presidential Elections 2012: Profiling the Next Republican Candidate, Part 1

Marianna Karakoulaki

This article will be the first part of a number of articles that will monitor the road to the next US presidential elections.

With the next US elections being more than a year away the presidential campaigns have already started. It is no surprise that the current president of the United States, Barack Obama, will run for a second term. Even though there is another democrat who has announced he will run for president, pro-life activist Randall Terry, everyone knows that Barack Obama will be the final democratic candidate for the next US presidential elections.

For the republicans, on the other hand, the air is not that clear yet. For the time being 15 republicans have declared candidacy, from the Tea Party Leader, Michele Bachmann and gay rights activist Fred Krager to  Jonathon Sharkey, a perennial candidate who is also the founder of the Vampires, Witches and Pagans Party. However, only a few names stand out. Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Michelle Bachmann are the first three who will be introduced in a series of articles that will follow.

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