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OPINION: Wake up, it's not just Akin
August 21st, 2012
11:44 AM ET

OPINION: Wake up, it's not just Akin

(CNN) - Rep. Todd Akin's recent comment on rape has continued to reverberate in the close race for the Missouri U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Claire McCaskill. The six-term Congressman caused an uproar after he said in a recent interview that a woman's body is capable of preventing pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." So far, Akin has ignored calls for him to abandon his run for Senate.

CNN Contributor LZ Granderson says the controversial statement by Akin isn't an isolated view, but rather stems from the GOP's mission to end abortion.

[0:34] "The truth is the 'legitimate rape' comment made by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is not a GOP anomaly, but rather another disturbing glimpse into the viewpoint too many social conservatives have about women's health and reproductive rights."

[2:02] "Since the tea party helped pull the GOP back into power in 2010, under the guise of controlling government spending, close to 1,000 anti-abortion bills have been introduced across the country. I can't think of anything approaching that number of bills with the goal of creating jobs in that same time span, can you?"

Read more of LZ Granderson's columns at CNN Opinion.

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  1. Blue Dottie

    I could not agree more with this commentator and journalist.

    Add to the more than 1000 bills introduced regarding Abortion and Women's Rights the additional focus that was made on introducing bills to limit contraceptive and reproductive rights and one is less surprised congress has not made time to pass the jobs bill!

    Has it not occurred to anyone that abortion and contraception are matters that should be between the woman and her doctor always, between the woman and her spiritual advisers, in some cases; but these are NOT matters that should be between a woman and her government!
    Blue Dottie
    (IF WE WANT ALL THE WEALTH TO STOP GOING TO THE TOP 1% – STOP PUTTING 1%ERS IN OFFICE!)

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