Akin in '08: Docs Give Abortions to Women Who Aren't Pregnant
Video of old speech surfaces
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2012 11:39 AM CDT
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(Newser) – It's getting to be quite the week for years-old videos to come back and bite candidates, and the latest victim is one Todd Akin, the would-be junior Missouri senator of "legitimate rape" fame. Seems Akin gave a speech in 2008, in which he compares abortion to slavery and calls abortion providers "terrorists." He then goes on to describe the "bottom-of-the-food-chain … pit[s]" that they supposedly work in. "You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking," he explains. "Not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die. All of these things are common practice, and all of that information is available for America."

Another C-SPAN video pointed out by Slate and the American Bridge 21st Century PAC, this one from 2005, finds Akin denouncing stem cell research. But he doesn't just denounce it, he describes an alternate universe in which stem cell research has led to a society that breeds humans in order to harvest organs. Click for more from Slate, or New York thinks it knows where Akin may have gotten his idea about doctors giving abortions to women who aren't pregnant.

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nanzar
Oct 4, 2012 10:54 PM CDT
This rant of Akin's applies more to the time when abortion was illegal. He needs to check his facts and not carry on so much with just his own opinions, which is all that this can be. He's beyond 'conservative,' he's gone into the realm of 'crazy.' That's too bad, because conservative voters need fact-based information that they can rely on. And they need candidates who are rational human beings, not raging maniacs. People like Akins give all conservatives a black eye.
winterfairy
Oct 3, 2012 5:28 PM CDT
Todd Akin has rebounded in the polls so the NYTimes sent out the marching orders to slime him some more.
cornelison
Oct 3, 2012 4:44 PM CDT
A fit punishment for this man would be to make him ambassador to North Korea.