U.S. Rep. Tom Marino joined the growing Republican chorus Tuesday demanding that Rep. Todd Akin drop out as the party's candidate in the Missouri Senate race because of his comments about rape.
"The wounds that victims of rape and their families suffer never completely heal. Whether he meant it or not, Todd Akin's comments were insensitive and cruel," Marino said in a statement. "It is a shame that over the past days victims of rape have had to contemplate his comments and relive their ordeal....There is no gray area in rape," he said. "In the eyes of the law, the line is rightly drawn at 'no' regardless of the situation."
Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, was more subdued in his response.
Renita Fennick, his district director, said Barletta disagreed with Akin's comments, "but believes the decision to stay in the Missouri Senate race is up to Rep. Akin, his family and his supporters."
KP: What was offensive about Todd Akin’s comments wasn’t just the suggestion that women’s bodies have some special secretion that knows how to kill rapists’ sperm. What was offensive was that he was marshalling this fake science in the service of the argument that women who get raped shouldn’t have legal access to abortion. Not all Republicans believe the phony science, but they are all running on the platform that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, with no rape exception.
TP: The Republican National Convention Platform has approved the “human life amendment,” which would ban abortion without exception for rape or incest.