How retrograde are Todd Akin's ideas? | Arkansas Blog

How retrograde are Todd Akin's ideas?

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Before Arkansas was even a state, in 1820, a defense attorney for one Thomas Dickinson argued that his client was innocent of rape because the woman he was said to have raped became pregnant.

Dan Greenberg, writing at the Arkansas Project, quotes from the court ruling against the defense: “The old notion that if the woman conceive, it could not be a rape, because she must have in such case have consented, is quite exploded.

Not surprisingly, the latest poll numbers in Missouri don't look so good for Akin.

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