Gabrielle Union is outraged over Republican Missouri Representative Todd Akin’s comments about "legitimate rape."
Todd, a GOP senate candidate, told KTVI that women’s bodies have a mechanism for preventing pregnancy if they are a victim of rape. As such, he believes that no exception should be made to allow women to have abortions even in cases of rape and incest.
"First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare," Todd said in a report aired Sunday. "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down."
Since Sunday, Todd has retracted his statement and claimed that he actually misspoke, but the damage has already been done on the social media landscape. Some people are debating the term "legitimate rape," which was a trending topic on Twitter on Monday, while others just expressed outrage over the thought process behind such a statement. In most cases, people are flabbergasted that Todd ever let something like that come out of his mouth no matter how unwittingly.
Think Like a Man star Gabrielle Union, a rape survivor, is one of those people.
"I was shocked and I would say saddened, except it pissed me off. So I shot Todd a little Twitter message today explaining kindly—though I didn’t realize there was a need to—that all rape, Todd, is legitimate," she said during a roundtable discussion on MSNBC.
"Every rape victim should have equal access to services and justice and health care," Gabrielle argued. I believe all women should have access to quality health care and preventative services."
The actress took the original statement as indicative of a mentality that is very dismissive of rape victims and the battles they face, be they mental, emotional or physical.
"He absolutely said that your experience is not valid—whatever that is, it’s not valid," Gabrielle argued. "That goes for any sort of women’s issues. I don’t understand how we’re moving in this direction. It’s counterproductive."