This weekend, Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO), the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, made this appalling claim about rape victims: "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Congressman Akin's comments about the violent crime of rape are beyond outrageous and another chapter in the War on Women that is increasingly dangerous for women's health and lives. It is important to note that this outburst is an outgrowth of the GOP march to the right when it comes to a woman's health.
Even Republican leaders like Paul Ryan are co-sponsoring the personhood legislation that is so radical that it would deny women birth control and in-vitro fertilization.
I hope that the Republicans in the House and Senate will stop their attacks on women and instead work towards progress for all the people of our nation.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer