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Ludicrous statements about rape by US Republicans are up there with an Irish judge allowing the personal circumstances of an attacker dictate a sentence, writes Jennifer O'Connell.

25th August, 2012
'But his gaffe had wider implications too; worrying resonances not just for the voters of Missouri, but also for those of us far enough removed to not ever have to worry about opening our door on a dark night to Todd Akin and his merry band of mystical biologists'.

If you've heard one misogynistic, scientifically dubious and morally befuddled argument for the curtailment of women's reproductive rights, you might be forgiven for thinking you've heard them all.

You might even kid yourself that, having lived through three referendums on the topic of abortion, there was nothing much left that could be said by either side to make you choke on your contraceptive pill.

Then along comes someone like US congressman Todd Akin with a...

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