Genocidal maniacs threaten the life of US Republican Todd Akin
US Republican Akin, family and staff receive threats
US Missouri congressman Todd Akin
Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:24PM GMT
It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
US Republican Representative Todd Akin
Multiple death and rape threats have been made against US Republican Representative Todd Akin, who has been criticized for comments he recently made about rape and abortion.
The office of the lawmaker, who is running for the US Senate seat in his home state of Missouri, said on Thursday that several violent threats have been made against Akin, his family, and his staffers, ABC News reported.
Spokesman Steve Taylor announced that “over the last couple of days, there have been threats of rape of staff, the congressman’s family, and suggestions that people die.”
There was also a report of someone saying they would “legitimately rape” Akin’s wife -a reference to a controversial statement the congressman made when he said women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of “legitimate rape.”
Taylor said that Capitol Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were looking into “which threats are accurate and how to contextualize them.”
Meanwhile, Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly Schneider said there was “an active, open investigation” into a reported threat against the 65-year-old Republican.
Akin created a firestorm during an interview with St. Louis television station KTVI on August 19, when he used the words “legitimate rape” and said a woman’s body has the ability to prevent conception after such an attack.
“It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin commented.
A number of Republican leaders, including presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, have called on Akin to quit the race against his opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, in the November 6 election.
Akin later apologized for having misspoke, saying he was wrong to say the female body could shut down reproduction when raped.
“Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize,” he said.