U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has not-exactly apologized on his Facebook page for comments in a TV interview with my friend and predecessor as WXRT-FM morning newsguy, C.D. Jaco. Akin now says he "misspoke" when he justified his stance against abortions for rape victims by explaining pregnancy from rape is "really rare," because "if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Akin's statement leaves at least three questions unanswered:
* Which part(s) of the interview involved "misspeaking"? The "legitimate rape" phrase? The part about "from what I understand from doctors," pregnancy from rape is "really rare"? The part about how the body "has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" -- a concept The Atlantic's Garance Franke-Ruta compares to the "belief that only witches float"?
* To quote Ann Dwyer, a friend on my Facebook page: "What exactly is a 'legitimate rape'?"
* To quote another FB friend, David A. Schwartz: "What doctors are telling you that a woman's Fallopian tubes can distinguish friendly fire from an assault?"
And one more: When Akin promises rape victims "will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve," does that still come with ... conditions?