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Rep. Todd Akin: I Will Outlaw Things I Know Nothing About (VIDEO)


The biggest practical problem with letting elected officials meddle in people's personal lives is this: They often don't know anything about the things with which they're meddling.

AFTER THE JUMP, hear US Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican of Missouri, defend the outlawing of the morning-after pill, which he insists causes abortions, which it does not. (Rather, it prevents fertilization from occurring in the first place. It takes a while for even a very determined sperm to rendezvous with a willing and waiting egg.) 

Rep. Akin has just become the Republican nominee bound to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill in November. Sen. McCaskill was a vocal proponent of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and is currently engaged in an Obamaesque evolution on marriage equality. Rep. Akin is undergoing no such evolution -- he thinks marriage equality is likely to destroy civilization.


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  1. Mostly, it prevents ovulation. Just like the regular pill. So ideally, there is no egg involved at all

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 12, 2012 4:40:31 PM

  2. I thought it just prevented implantation of the fertilized egg... Shows what I know.

    Posted by: michaelofthegreen | Aug 12, 2012 4:56:41 PM

  3. Every sperm is sacred, every sperm is true...

    Posted by: TheREALmonty | Aug 12, 2012 5:59:45 PM

  4. ACTUALLY, the link provided proves exactly what they're talking about...

    The pill DOES actually kill the fertilized egg, AND stops potential fertilization of an egg for up to several days.

    SO, yeah, the morning after pill DOES work the way Akin says.

    Granted, you can't normally distinguish if the egg is actually fertilized within half and hour, or days later - and neither can the pill.

    So this article is misinformative and disingenuous.

    Posted by: WeDontNeedToLieToWin | Aug 12, 2012 6:07:46 PM

  5. @Therealmonty

    here you go


    Monty Python every sperm is sacred

    Posted by: say what | Aug 12, 2012 6:23:13 PM

  6. @wedontneedtolietowin Please identify the passage which you claim proves the pill has such an effect. For example, here is a quote from an article earlier this year in the New York Times:

    "By this year [2012], the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics considered the research so strong that it issued a statement saying that pills with Plan B’s active ingredient “do not inhibit implantation.”

    Research on Ella, approved in 2010, is less extensive, but the F.D.A., Dr. Blithe, and others say evidence increasingly suggests it does not derail implantation, citing, among other things, several studies in which women became pregnant when taking Ella after ovulating."


    Your turn!

    Posted by: william | Aug 12, 2012 6:53:10 PM

  7. He's another backward Republican nut -- they have taken over Missouri politics. Roy Blunt, Vicki Hartzler (the most vile woman alive), etc. Sadly, democrat Claire McCaskill is democrat in name only. She has no such Obamaesque journey on same sex marriage. She doesn't support ANY relationship recognition for gay folk. Sadly, my birth state's democrats act more like Fresno republicans. And it serves them no purpose. They have no guts at all, thus end up looking like republican lite when running against another clueless republican bible thumper, and keep losing. McCaskill is namby pamby and she'll lose unless she gets some guts.

    Posted by: William | Aug 12, 2012 6:56:15 PM

  8. William is right...the crazy right has taken over Missouri politics. I have written Akin, who was my district rep, at least a dozen times to tell him what a worthless rep he is. He doesn't nothing substanial, has never done anything of note other than worry about everyone's morals. I live in tea party country and the sheep here are scared of everything they are not (which is straight and white.) It's very very sad that this man who has done so little in all his years in politics, does nothing but send Missouri, a beautiful state, backwards.

    Posted by: Bart | Aug 12, 2012 8:18:16 PM

  9. Claire isn't going through any kind of evolution. I just asked her like two months ago and got the same standard civil union crap.

    Posted by: Tony | Aug 12, 2012 8:20:02 PM

  10. The morning after pill should be ENCOURAGED and covered by all insurance, maybe even make it OTC. It should be easily available like all other birth control currently are. That said, using abortion as a form of birth control bothers me, and I'd consider a partial birth abortion that wasn't required to protect the health of the mother,murder.

    One of the puzzling things about planned parenthood, birth control and the way we've been encouraged to have small families or no children over the past 40 odd years here in America and elsewhere is the fact we now of course allegedly have too few kids and need to import millions of people and their big family and early pregnancy mentality to keep our entitlement programs and economy running. We encourage people who're capable of the responsibilities of having children to have very few and then later in life than is biologically desirable, but on the other hand pay 'poor' women to have kids, and even make it desirable to not have a husband so as to get more entitlements. It's a clusterf*ck.

    Finally, unfortunately, many on the left and the right LOVE telling people what they can and can not do, eat, drink, use, etc. THIS IS NOT JUST A RIGHTWING PROBLEM. The left LOVE the nanny state.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 12, 2012 10:00:24 PM

  11. Bill : So your argument is that it doesn't work ?

    Hard to argue with that, LOL....

    Posted by: WeDontNeedToLieToWin | Aug 13, 2012 1:55:08 AM

  12. In reply to Ratbastard, at least in CA, Plan B (that's the most common brand) is available OTC to anyone 18 or over. Under 18, the girl needs a prescription - but can obtain one from a doctor or clinic without parental consent or notification. So glad I live in a civilized state.

    Posted by: DrMikey | Aug 13, 2012 11:47:30 AM

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