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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Legitimate disgrace

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W. Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, recently defended his no-exceptions abortion policy by saying "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy ("The upside of Todd Akin's meltdown," Web, Wednesday). Pardon me for asking, but what country or century is Mr. Akin living in?

According to Webster's Dictionary, the definition of rape (the noun) is "the unlawful compelling of a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse." Coincidentally, the definition of rape (the verb) is "an act of plunder, violent seizure or abuse ... to take or carry off by force."

No matter how Mr. Akin defines it, there never can be a "legitimate rape" of a woman. Republicans everywhere should demand he immediately end his campaign for the Senate. Here's a sentence Mr. Akin easily should be able to understand: He is a disgrace to the GOP.

DENNY FREIDENRICH

Laguna Beach, Calif.

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