Senate Candidate Says Pregnancy from Rape same as a baby out of wedlock
Tom Smith, a senate hopeful from the state of Pennsylvania created controversy on Monday, when he compared pregnancy that resulted from being raped to having a child out of wedlock. This came just days after Todd Akin, a Republican from Missouri shocked many people by claiming that legitimate rape did not lead to pregnancy.
Smith said at a press club meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania that Akin should not have said anything like he did. However, when asked by a reporter what he would do if a daughter or granddaughter became pregnant as a result of being raped, Smith replied that he had lived a similar situation with his own family. He was referring to his own daughter’s pregnancy that was out of wedlock from consensual sex.
He said his daughter chose life and he commended her for her decision. Smith said his daughter knew his view and fortunately chose what he believed in. After his comments, he was asked by another reporter to reiterate comparing the pregnancy of his daughter from an out of wedlock relationship to someone becoming pregnant due to rape. He said it was definitely similar.
Smith is running for a Senate seat against Senator Bob Casey and later he clarified his comments. He said he absolutely did not condone rape, but he does propose life and is pro-life.
The comments from Smith follow those of Akin who has been asked by many Republicans, including Mitt Romney the Republican candidate for the White House, to step aside. However, Akin will not budge on his decision to stay in his race against Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri.