Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after Congressman Todd Akin claimed women are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape":
"Congressman Akin's statement is another manifestation of the total disregard and disrespect of women by Republican leaders.
"Unfortunately, this attitude is nothing new. Congressman Akin has already joined Congressman Paul Ryan and other House Republicans in co-sponsoring a bill to weaken the definition of rape. It is almost impossible to believe that any political leader would suggest that any case of rape is "legitimate.' Even if he steps aside, the fact remains: Congressman Akin's offensive comments are simply one more part of the Republican attack on women's health.
"Republicans are true to their nature -- maintaining a low opinion of the rights critical to the health and security of America's women. Americans were shocked earlier this year when Republicans would not even let a woman testify on key women's health issues. Congressman Akin's reprehensible remarks are inexcusable; the legislation he is co-sponsoring is disgraceful; and both must be condemned by leaders regardless of party."