Sarah Afzal

A recent undergraduate from Lums, who majored in Humanities. Sarah has a keen interest in classical as well as contemporary literature.

Todd Akin, what exactly is ‘legitimate’ rape?

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a conservative Republican candidate running for the hotly contested US Senate seat, recently made some crass comments on ‘legitimate’ rape. He also gave insight into the female reproductive system that have instigated much outrage amongst Republicans and Democrats alike. His statement was meant in defence of his anti-abortion stance and with regard to pregnancy as a result of rape. It poorly attempted to render the question of abortion irrelevant by asserting that “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 ...

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