New Todd Akin Video On Abortion Surfaces, The Missouri Republican says doctors give the procedures to “women who are not actually pregnant.” Akin in 2008: ‘Terrorist’ doctors give ‘abortions to women who are not actually pregnant’, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin-who sparked a firestorm of criticism with his comments about “legitimate rape” in August-gave a speech on the House floor in 2008 in which he called those who perform abortions “terrorists” and claimed some do so on “women who are not actually pregnant.”
“It is no big surprise that we fight the terrorists because they are fundamentally un-American, and yet we have terrorists in our own culture called abortionists,” Akin said in the Jan. 22, 2008, speech. “One of the good pieces of news why we are winning this war is because there are not enough heartless doctors being graduated from medical schools. There is a real shortage of abortionists.
“Who wants to be at the very bottom of the food chain of medical profession?” Akin continued. “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.”
“Akin’s allegation of doctors performing abortions on non-pregnant women is particularly puzzling,” Mollie Reilly wrote on the Huffington Post, “since, by definition, an abortion cannot be performed if there is no pregnancy to terminate.”
But as Dan Amira pointed out on New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog, Akin was probably referring to reports of doctors “who tell patients that they are pregnant just so they can make some money off of a phony abortion.”