Sign your name to call on Speaker John Boehner to remove Rep. Todd Akin from the House Science and Technology Committee.
Republican Congressman Todd Akin told a Missouri news station:
"First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare... If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
The notion of "legitimate rape" is insulting. But this isn't the first time Akin went down this path. In 2011, Rep. Akin co-sponsored House bill H.R. 3 that proposed redefining rape to only cases of "forcible rape" to deny access to women's health services.
Someone who believes nonsense like this has no part overseeing science policy.
Tell Speaker Boehner to immediately remove Rep. Akin from the House Science and Technology Committee.
I was shocked to hear Rep. Todd Akin's reprehensible, unscientific comments about "legitimate rape."
The notion of "legitimate rape" is insulting, and Rep. Akin's comments are patently false and ridiculous. Someone who believes nonsense like this has no part overseeing science policy.
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