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Patch's Poll: Do You Think Todd Akin Should Have Withdrawn From the Senate Race?

Candidate's remarks over abortion and "legitimate rape" cause an outrage from women's groups, a media firestorm, frustration from fellow party members and questions on how his comments may affect Republicans going forward.

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin said he is staying in the race for the U.S. Senate despite repeated calls from fellow Republicans to bow out over his comments on rape and abortion.

Akin, an incumbent Republican member of the House of Representatives who is running against Democrat Clair McCaskill, sparked outrage earlier this week when he told KTVI in St. Louis that, as he understood it, it is rare for a woman to become pregnant from “legitimate rape,” as “The female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.” Akin was answering a question from a journalist with regard to his opinions on abortion.

Akin has since apologized for his comments, but not until after a media firestorm erupted over the past three days with condemnations from women's groups and supporters of reproductive rights. National party leaders called for him to step down, and some members of the GOP right here in Connecticut are distancing themselves from Akin and his remarks.

"Rep. Akin's remarks concerning the 'legitimacy' of rape are outrageous and intolerable," said Steve Obsitnik, a Republican candidate for the Fourth Congressional District in Connecticut. "His beliefs are an affront to victims, and all women, and do not reflect the views of the party I'm running to represent.”

Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon told The New Haven Register that Akin’s remarks were “reprehensible.”

On Tuesday, the deadline to withdrawl passed in Missouri, meaning Akin is here to stay as the Republican’s Senate candidate in that state, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

But now the question remains what effect his comments could have on Republicans going forward and in the November election.

Do you think Akin should have withdrawn? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

middlemama August 23, 2012 at 01:13 AM
John, no-one wants to limit women's sexual freedom.Not even Republicans....God forbid!! We just don't want to have to PAY for it!! Don't mix things up and put it in print. I don't care what people do, who they have sex with, how often...who cares..? I just don't think I want their sexual exploits coming out of my paycheck. Get it? Why should I have to pay for their birth control pills, condoms and abortions? I work hard for my money and this is NOT how I want to spend it...get that? The prolife movement says all life is valuable and sacred from conception to birth. You either believe it or you don't. I absolutely do! But that has nothing to do with paying for birth control....why do I have to do that? Why do you? If a person wants to have sex, they should be responsible enough to pay for their own condoms, pills, or whatever. Where is the responsibility? And if they are lax enough to conceive a child, why should I have to pay for the abortion for which I am vehemently opposed? Being Prolife and expecting people to be responsible for one's actions are 2 different things.
John Kilian August 23, 2012 at 01:33 AM
People, for whom the choice of whether or not to use contraception is an economic matter, are the ones who we should be providing it to, free of charge. "Life is sacred from conception to birth" - fine, but the KOC and the Vatican go beyond that. They are against contraception. And the people who can't afford contraception and get pregnant often get abortions. It is about more than the sanctity of life for the officially celibate clerics in the Roman Catholic church and their followers. They are gunning for "Every sperm is sacred". As a matter of public health policy, this is shooting the moon. If it was all about the unborn, then the manner of conception is irrelevant. If you believe a fetus is a child is a person, and you have to carry it to term, that is a moral stance that has merit, even if I don't subscribe to it. Saying you shouldn't have sex if you are poor, knowing that poor people have sex early and often, is a backdoor attack on poor women, and serves to keep poor people in a cycle of poverty. Planned Parenthood is being shut down in Texas, and not just the part that performs abortions. Healthcare for poor women is being sacrificed on the altar of doctrine without much consideration for the impact it will have in practice.
wyatt August 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Why bow out? Because he said something ignorant and offensive? If that is the yardstick we use to measure political viability, there would not be any candidates for president right now. He should stay in and let the voters decide if they want someone that stupid to represent them.
Concerned Citizen August 23, 2012 at 01:03 PM
middlemama You don't get to pick and choose what you pay for with your taxes. By your logic I shouldn't have to pay taxes for the DEA, NSA, CIA etc. because I don't agree with them. It is a flawed logic. I am vehemently opposed to federal subsidies, but I don't get to choose not to pay for them.
Thomas Johnson August 23, 2012 at 04:37 PM
How about paying for the expenses of welfare babies from birth to age eighteen? Then probably a trip or two or more through the justice and prison systems? I'd much rather pay for the option that excludes unplanned and/or unwanted additional burdens on society. Try and upgrade your thinking to twenty-first century concepts and leave the medieval religious nonsense in the fourteenth...

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