(LONDON DAILY MAIL) A Republican Missouri state lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require pregnant women to get permission from the father before having an abortion – except in cases of incest and 'legitimate rape.'
'Just like any rape, you have to report it, and you have to prove it,' Brattin told Mother Jones in a statement that sparked outrage among state Democrats. 'So you couldn't just go and say, 'Oh yeah, I was raped,' and get an abortion. It has to be a legitimate rape.'
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Brattin's comments led to comparisons to former Republican Congressman Todd Akin, also from Missouri, who set off a media firestorm in 2012 when he said that women's bodies have ways of not becoming pregnant from what he called 'legitimate rape.'