A sex-ed 101 class might have been a good use of campaign funds for some more wayward members of the GOP last year. Several candidates found new ways to offend women with their comments on rape and pregnancy: and it cost them their candidacies.
Missouri Rep. Todd Akin kicked it off saying that in cases of ”legitimate rape,” a woman can’t get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” His comments to a local TV station caused an uproar among women, Democrats, and elementary science students nationwide.
Women voters were later treated to Indiana’s Richard Mourdock saying during the final debate against his Democratic challenger for a U.S. Senate seat that pregnancy from rape is ”something that God intended to happen.”
Turns out when it came to their political aspirations, the public had ‘ways to try to shut that whole thing down,’ too. Akin lost to Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill and Mourdock lost to Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly in Indiana.
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