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Lawmaker Who Wants Morning After Pill Restricted Blames Raped Pregnant Women For Not Taking It

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Add another male lawmaker to the list of those who've made an eyebrow-raising rape comment.

Missouri state Sen. David Sater (R) is sponsoring Senate Bill 519, which would amend the current waiting period to have an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. Left out of that bill is an emergency exception for cases of rape.

“If a woman decides not to go to the hospital and not get the ‘Plan B’, they’re making a decision to keep that child if they get pregnant,” Sater said, according to PoliticMo. “If the woman found out she was pregnant three or four weeks down the line, they had made the decision not to do some preventative things like Plan B.”

The Columbia Missourian adds that some Democrats see the abortion bill as a pure ideological battle, with state Rep. Stacy Newman (D) echoing that sentiment.

"It's not about actual policy, it is about ideology," Newman told the Missourian. "It's saying that this procedure is uncomfortable to us."

Back in August 2012, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo) infamously told KTVI-TV that "legitimate rape" victims rarely get pregnant. Akin proceeded to lose his U.S. Senate bid by almost a double-digit margin.

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Akin said. "But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."

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