More Insanity from Todd Akin: Accuses Providers of "Giving Abortions to Women Who Are Not Actually Pregnant, Cheating on Taxes"

Akin is a gift that keeps giving.

Congressman Todd Akin, a Christian conservative running for a US Senate seat held by Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill, re-ignited an explosive debate over abortion rights.

The Todd Akin misogynist comment train just keeps rolling on and on.

Over at Slate's Double X, Amanda Marcotte exposes some old C-span footage of Akin as a congressman that matches up perfectly with the candidate's bizarre worldview evidenced by his "legitimate rape" comment, his decrying of Claire McCaskill as an unladylike wildcat, and the recently unveiled information that he was once arrested for protesting(read: blocking access to) an abortion clinic.

Here are three of the craziest Akin claims unearthed in these videos.

1-Women are mere climate-control and food providing incubatotion vessels for embryos:

"Now an embryo may seem like some scientific or laboratory term, but in fact the embryo contains the unique information that defines a person. All you add is food and climate control, and some time, and the embryo becomes you or me."

2-If we allow stem cell research (presumably step one), we will soon be creating human clones for the express purpose of harvesting their organs. This is something Akin calls "step three." His evidence for this dastardly plot? A sci-fi story his daughter wrote about it.

3- This is quite the kicker. Abortion facilities, in Akin's mind, perform abortions on women who aren't even pregnant (huh?) and also cheat on their taxes -- both of which, he notes, are part of a "culture of death."

And what sort of places do these bottom-of-the-food-chain doctors work in? Places that are really a pit. You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die...

Only in Akin's futuristic world of terror can an abortion be performed on a woman who is not pregnant--I mean has not  yet fulfilled her socially obligated role as climate control food providing apparatus for a future embryo.

McCaskill is right. Akin does make Michele Bachmann look like a hippie.

Read the full story here and watch the videos below.



Sarah Seltzer is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been published at the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, Jezebel and the Washington Post. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahmseltzer and find her work at

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