1:56 pm Aug. 22, 2012
Rep. Todd Akin, U.S. Senate candidate and major inconvenience to Mitt Romney, tried to clarify his "legitimate rape" comment yesterday by saying in a radio interview he really meant to say "forcible rape."
Dave Weigel notes the perplexing term originated in a Republican House bill last year that was intended to limit federal funds for abortion procedures. Abortions of pregnancies resulting from "forcible rape" would still get federal funding, but abortions of pregnancies from statutory rape, for example, would not.
The bill had 277 co-sponsors, including five Republicans from New York.
Four of them are still in Congress: Michael Grimm, Peter King, Tom Reed, Anne-Marie Buerkle. (Of the four, Buerkle faces the toughest re-election challenge this year.)
The fifth co-sponsor was Chris Lee, who resigned later that year.
When the legislation came up for a vote in May of 2011, all of New York's Republicans voted in favor of the bill. (No Republicans, from any state, voted against the bill, though five abstained from voting.)