I have suspected this was a requirement, but Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, the Republican opposing Democrat Claire McCaskill for U.S. Senate in the Show Me State, has confirmed beyond a shadow of doubt that this indeed is the case.
In an attempt to recant his remarks, Akin went on to say something akin this:
A parody account mocks Akin. (Twitter)
Akin, if you recall, is the congressman who believes the very existence of the federal student-loan program is a "stage-three cancer of socialism." He's also eager to eliminate the minimum wage, believes liberalism is based on "a hatred of God," believes the Bible should be a "blueprint" for American government; and wants to impeach President Obama because, in his mind, the president is "a complete menace to our civilization."
From the Romney camp: "Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin's statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape," a campaign spokeswoman said.
Well, good for them - but, wasn't it Romney who said he would have supported a personhood amendment in Massachusetts, which would ban all abortions, and Paul Ryan who co-sponsored the federal version of that amendment?
I can only shake my head in disbelief that America is really considering these clowns for public office.