Want to read more? Subscribe Now or Sign In
Hide ( X )
  • THE CRIME REPORT - Your Complete Criminal Justice Resource

  • Investigative News Network
  • Welcome to the Crime Report. Today is

Crime and Justice News

Crime Plays Election Role as 'Rape' Comments Sink 2 Senate Candidates

November 7, 2012 06:44:00 am

Crime played an unexpected role in the election: Two Republicans who made widely criticized remarks about abortion and rape lost their Senate elections Tuesday, the result of a massive backlash by female voters in states where Republicans should have won handily, says Politico. Rep. Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana each made controversial remarks about rape that played a significant role in shaping their public image, resulting in losses that make it highly unlikely that the Republicans could win control of the Senate.

The long-running public debate about abortion was transformed in this election cycle: It became about rape and fed into a larger national theme of the “war on women.” Planned Parenthood Action Fund said the losses proved “there is a political price to pay for demeaning and dismissing women.” In Akin and Walsh’s cases, they made statements that medical doctors said were flat out wrong. And in Akin and Mourdock’s cases, they brought rape — of all topics — into the already red-hot controversy over abortion rights, remarks that all but ended their political bids. Women broke strongly against them, according to polls conducted in Mourdock and Walsh’s districts in the final days of the race.

« Article List
No Comments yet

TCR at a Glance

Smack Madness

April 16, 2014

Have the media and policymakers overblown the latest heroin “epidemic?”

How Red Tape Snarls Prison Rape Act

special report April 10, 2014

The DOJ’s insistence on state compliance with 288 regulatory standards keeps the program’s implementation in limbo, say critics