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Friday, August 24, 2012
WND's Janet Porter Defends Akin's 'Legitimate Rape' Remark
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Janet Porter (who you may remember as one of the more vicious spewers of anti-Obama hate) hasn't been around WorldNetDaily much in recent months -- she's been working in a failed effort in Ohio to pass a extremist anti-abortion "heartbeat bill" that would have banned abortions if a heartbeat could be detected in the fetus. Porter's stunts and rhetoric in support of the bill were so egregious that even supporters of the bill were alienated by her.

But she's back, and she's using her Aug. 22 WND column to defend Todd Akin, even his "legitimate rape" statement:

When Rep. Todd Akin stood for protecting all innocent human life in a recent interview, he used a word with more than one meaning. He used the word “legitimate” before the word “rape” to mean “real,” “forcible,” a tragic event that “really took place.” Anyone who doesn’t think false claims of rape can be made should check with Norma McCorvey, the “Roe” of Roe v. Wade. The infamous abortion case, based on her false rape claim, has resulted in the deaths of 55 million innocent human lives.

But because “legitimate” could also modify the word rape, some in the Republican Party are practically writing Willie Horton ads about it, pretending that the congressman is “pro-rape” and wants to let rapists out on furlough. This “interpretation” of the congressman’s words doesn’t resemble reality, and everyone knows it.

If Republicans love their country, they will quit using fiction to shoot their own and focus on the real enemies of life: Democrats Claire McCaskill and Barack Obama, who stand for legally sucking the brains out of half-born babies in a procedure called partial-birth abortion.

Porter goes on to list "men and women of courage who stand with Rep. Akin, beginning with the founder of National and International Right to Life, Dr. Jack Willke." Willke is credited as the source of something else Akin said: that a woman's body can "shut down" unwanted conception, which as that from a "legitimate rape."

Porter is silent about her view on that discredited claim, but her approving reference to Willke suggests that medical reality doesn't matter to her.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:44 AM EDT

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