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Tell members of Congress who voted to redefine rape: Censure Todd Akin.

Dear Friend,

Todd Akin — the Missouri Congressman who launched an outrageous attack on women by claiming survivors of "legitimate rape" have biological defenses against pregnancy — is refusing to step down despite calls for his resignation from prominent members of his own party.1

Not only were his remarks ignorant, dangerous and offensive, they were also unbecoming of a member of Congress. That's why Congress must take action and censure him immediately — the most severe form of punishment in the House short of expulsion.

Tell members of Congress who voted to redefine rape: Censure Todd Akin. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Suggesting that women who become pregnant as a result of rape are not "legitimately raped," is outrageous and shows an utter lack of understanding of the basic principles of human biology.

And this is not simply an isolated comment by a dangerously ignorant politician, or the first time right-wing extremists in the House have tried to "redefine" rape — in 2011, 250 members of Congress joined Rep. Akin in a vote to redefine rape. 2 The purpose of that bill was to limit the number of survivors of rape and incest who could receive federally funded abortion care under existing law by changing the definition of rape to "forcible rape." We fought back successfully then, and we need to do the same now. 3

With censure, we have an opportunity to get extremist and anti-woman members of Congress who have worked in the past to redefine rape, on the record once again. We need to know who stands with women and admits that, as the president declared, "Rape is rape."

Tell members of Congress who voted to redefine rape: Censure Todd Akin. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Rep. Akin's utterly offensive remarks are part of a pattern of attacks led by Tea Party Republicans against women in this country. We have to push back, and we have to push back hard not just against Rep. Akin but against any member of the House who participates in rhetorical attacks on women by trying to redefine rape as "forcible" or "legitimate."

With many members of the House already going on record to denounce Rep. Akin's statement we have a unique opportunity to push legislators to go a step further and support a censure resolution.

We will not let Congress redefine rape. We will not let right-wing extremists continue their attacks on women's health. We must not let our momentum slow at this crucial moment. Click below to automatically sign the petition:

Thank you for standing up for women.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. Eun Kyung Kim, "Akin on Paul Ryan phone call: He advised me to 'step down'", August 22, 2012.
2. Nick Baumann, "The GOP's Stealth Plan to Redefine Rape", May. 3, 2011
3. "251 Members of Congress voted to "redefine rape." Was yours one of them?"


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