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The Theological Roots of Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” Comment

posted on August 21, 2012

At Religion Dispatches, Sarah Posner connects Rep. Todd Akin’s religious beliefs to his remarks about “legitimate rape” and his view that abortion rights should not extend to rape victims. As Posner notes, Akin is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and he holds a Masters in Divinity from PCA’s flagship seminary. “His denomination has not only opposed abortion in all cases, including rape, but has suggested that the number of pregnancies by rape is overstated, and even questioned the veracity of rape claims,” Posner writers. “And Akin, who in a few months could be a United States Senator, wants his religion to dictate our laws.”

Read at Religion Dispatches