Congressman Quico Canseco, who authored legislation with extremist U.S. Rep. Todd Akin that would have redefined rape, has now utterly failed to condemn remarks by his colleague Mr. Akin, that "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy. "If it`s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," said Mr Canseco`s fellow extremist.
Gallego for Congress spokeswoman Rebecca Acuña released the following statement:
"We call on Congressman Canseco to defend the honor of women across Texas, denounce the deplorable comments by his friend Todd Akin, and apologize for co-sponsoring legislation with Mr. Akin to redefine rape. Congressman Canseco should join Pete in condemning this outrageous statement and in condemning the use of crime victims - especially victims of rape - to score points in such a callous way.
Congressman Canseco has authored legislation with Mr. Akin that would have redefined rape. We draw a line in the sand: Congressman Canseco can sit idly by while his Washington friends like Todd Akin talk about `legitimate rape` as if such a violent act can ever be legitimate, or he can learn more about women`s health care issues and apologize for his terrible record on women`s health.
Those who hold backwards views on rape - who fail to understand that rape is a crime - have no place in Congress and frankly, neither does anyone who remains silent in the face of those types of remarks. Congressman Canseco should join Pete in calling for Akin to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate."