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Akin rape comments bring GOP difficulties with women back into spotlight

How Todd Akin And Paul Ryan Partnered To Redefine Rape
ThinkProgress Paul Ryan, however, believes that the “forcible rape” language does not actually go far enough to force women to carry their rapist’s baby. Ryan believes that abortion should be illegal in all cases except for “cases in which a doctor deems an abortion …

Todd Arkin, Paul Ryan and the very real war on women New York Daily News (blog) Two words that should never be used together in the same sentence: legitimate and rape. But that’s the way Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) chose to speak about the sensitive topic that has impacted millions of women in the United States in an interview with a ..

Rep. Todd Akin: A ‘legitimate rape’ victim’s body can naturally stop pregnancy Examiner.com Todd Akin will be facing Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in the November General Election, and the women of Missouri should be outraged at the ignorance that this Congressman displays.

US Senate candidate, Mo. congressman Todd Akin questions if women can get … Washington Post — Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, the conservative Republican U.S. Senate candidate, said in a television interview that it is “really rare” for women to become pregnant when they are raped…

Akin comments bring GOP difficulties with women back into national spotlight The Hill (blog) The quick responses from Republicans across the board indicate the issue is unlikely to die down quickly, and could have a lasting effect on races nationwide as Republicans remain behind withfemale voters.

Missouri Republican congressman says ‘misspoke’ about raped women Chicago Tribune U.S. Representative Todd Akin, who is running against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in the November 6 election, made the comments to KTVI television in St. Louis, drawing swift protest from McCaskill and other Democrats…

Growing Number Of Conservative Call On Akin To Withdraw After ‘Legitimate … ThinkProgress Todd Akin, the GOP Senate candidate in Missouri, set off a firestorm today after claiming that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” don’t usually become pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

How vulnerable is Ryan on women’s issues? – GOP: Attack on Medicare … Politico HOW VULNERABLE IS PAUL RYAN ON WOMEN’S ISSUES? Expect to find out sooner rather than later. After all, the staunchly anti-abortion congressman co-sponsored a federal personhood amendment, voted to defund Planned Parenthood, and opposes 

Paul Ryan Pick Presents Unique Conundrum for Republican Women Voters RH Reality Check (blog) Reports on women’s reasons for choosing public office are replete with data supporting the fact that these women, regardless of political party affiliation, are motivated to seek office by their desire to improve the lives of women and children.

Why Paul Ryan is not ‘bad’ for women CNN — When Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate, the media frenzy surrounding the announcement included claims that the choice was bad for women and that it would not attract women voters.

Ryan’s Positions On Women’s Issues Becomes Campaign Target Kaiser Health News Paul Ryan’s record on reproductive issues — including co-sponosring a “personhood amendment” that would declare a fertilized egg to be a person, and voting to defund Planned Parenthood — could widen President Barack Obama’s lead among women.

Senator Claire McCaskill responds to Rep. Akin, he’s ‘ignorant’ Examiner.com Todd Akin (R-MO), who is running for the U.S. Senate against Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), said ,“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Democrats target Paul Ryan on women’s issues Businessweek The Democratic campaign emailed female supporters to stress Ryan’s record on women’s issues, including his vote against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first bill Obama signed when he took office. When Ryan made his Colorado debut Tuesday…

Ryan targeted on women’s issues Politico Paul Ryan co-sponsored a federal “personhood” amendment. He voted to defund Planned Parenthood. He opposes all abortions, except when the life of the mother is at risk. And he supports a federal bill requiring women to get an ultrasound before an 

Democratic chairwoman focuses on women in speech Sparks Today Wasserman-Schultz touched on several issues in her speech, but the focus remained on women. Campaign banners and stickers decorated the auditorium reading “Women for Obama,” pushing the administration’s edge in recent polls concerning women.

In Reno, national Dem chief focuses on women Reno Gazette Journal Visiting Reno on Sunday, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz lambasted Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and lauded President Barack Obama’s stance on women’s issues, health care and Medicare.

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John Laird: Women thrive at Olympics, not so much in GOP The Columbian What’s the one glaring exception in the advancement of women in 2012? It’s the continuing colossal cluelessness by the Republican Party when it comes to women voters. And that “continuing” word ought to cause great alarm among GOP leaders, whose avowed purpose — above improving the economy or getting Mitt Romney into the White House — is evicting Barack Obama. Well, they’ll have a hard time dislodging the incumbent as long as they continue to ignore women voters. In 2008, women accounted for about 53 percent of the presidential vote, and 56 percent of them voted for Obama.

Life as an Anti-Woman Woman Hot Air Hence, you can understand my confusion. To be socially conservative is to be anti-women according to liberals. Apparently conservative women are a paradox. I will say, it’s quite strange to live in a country where I’m considered an anti-woman woman.

Todd Akin: It’s Not a War on Women, It’s a War on Critical Thinking and Democracy Huffington Post
In case you’ve been deep-sea diving in the Mariana Trench, yet another Republican Congressman unwittingly revealed his party’s contempt for and distrust of women. And he did it by illustrating how the “war on women” is part of a larger issue.

Ann Coulter On Female Vote: ‘Single Women Look For Gov’t To Be Their … Mediaite ….When asked why women don’t typically turn out a majority for Republican candidates, Coulter explained that “it’s the single women’s vote” which looks to the government “to be their husbands” and provide a variety of free services that the Democratic Party generally favors.

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