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.

Akin's remarks deemed 'harmful' to rape survivors
Women Under Siege documents how rape is used in war.
August 21st, 2012
07:00 AM ET

Akin's remarks deemed 'harmful' to rape survivors

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

When Lauren Wolfe first heard about Congressman Todd Akin's comments on rape and abortion, her mind went to Rwanda:

[1:58] "There were hundreds of thousands of women estimated to have been raped in about a hundred days. Thousands of them were forced then to bear the children of their rapists."


Augusta National no longer just a 'boys club'
The prestigious Augusta National Golf Club finally decided to admit women as members. Gary Player was the honorary starter at this year’s Master’s tournament.
August 21st, 2012
06:00 AM ET

Augusta National no longer just a 'boys club'

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

(CNN) – After 80 years, major change has come to the golf club that hosts the famed Masters Tournament. This fall, the Augusta National Golf Club will welcome the first women to its male membership ranks: former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore.

For Martha Burk, it's vindication and long overdue:

[:26] "My first reaction was we won...and we did."

Burk calls it a win for women, particularly in the business world.

Burk 10 years ago chaired the National Council of Women's Organizations, and led the push to crack the club's longstanding policy against female membership. That effort included a letter-writing campaign and high-profile protests during the 2003 Masters. Burk says her fight has always been about getting women access to the business elite.

And she says continued pressure from women's groups over the last decade has made a difference, as well as an issue this past spring that may have broken the camel's back:

[1:27] "We gave them a pretty big black eye in April when they dissed Ginny Rometti and did not allow her in the club as they had all of the males preceding her."

Rometti is the first female chief executive of IBM, a major sponsor of the Masters.

Burk says the club did the "right thing" in tapping Rice and Moore as the club's first female members, calling them "leaders and groundbreakers."

In a statement, Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne says it's a "significant and positive time" for his golf club.