Former SNL comic revives Todd Akin comments

Victoria Jackson at RNC explains 'legitimate rape'

TAMPA - If ever there was a topic that republicans wanted to avoid at their national convention in Tampa, it's the subject of Rep. Todd Akin and his comments about rape.  Nary a delegate nor an elected official have been caught talking about this most taboo of subjects, especially on the eve of Mitt Romney's acceptance speech.

For a party desperately trying to close the gender gap with President Obama, the last thing the GOP needed was someone to rekindle the debate about some of the most delicate health issues for women.  

Enter Victoria Jackson.

"Legitimate rape.  Isn't that the phrase everyone freaked out about?" said the former Saturday Night Live cast member turned vocal conservative activist.  Jackson was mingling among the party faithful at the Tampa Convention Center, and she had no problem answering questions from local and national media about her views on topics purposefully banned from republican talking points.

"If I got raped I would have the baby because I would think that God is turning something bad into a blessing," Jackson said cheerfully.  A noble stand, but the comedienne soon began talking herself into a minefield of controversy.

Congressman Akin's statement about women's bodies having the ability to prevent pregnancies after a "legitimate rape" seemed to agree with Jackson.

"I do think that when people go into shock that it might prevent a sperm and an egg from uniting," Jackson said.  "It kind of made scientific sense to me."

While Jackson admitted that she's not a scientist, she cited vague statistics about the reality of pregnancy and rape.  "Basically .0001 percent of people get pregnant from a rape, so that's ridiculous to waste our time talking about it," she said.

But she continued to do just that.

When a reporter stated that 32,000 women are impregnated a year because of sexual assaults, Jackson said she would be among those to give birth despite being raped.  That opinion highlighted a specific part of the republican party's platform, which calls for a constitutional ban on all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest.

Jackson also said that women who are prostitutes can't be considered sexual assault victims.  

"If you're asking for it, is it really rape?" she said.  "If you're a hooker and you're asking for someone to have sex with you for money or that you didn't love, aren't you sort of asking to be raped?" Jackson said.

The comedienne has strong opinions about what constitutes "legitimate rape," and what is irresponsible behavior by a woman.  

"I think if a naked woman goes to a basketball player's hotel room and walks in naked and then jumps on him, I don't think that's rape," Jackson said, suggesting that women who are promiscuous and suffer a sexual assault have themselves to blame.  

The former TV comic made a clear distinction between politicians and comedians; politicians don't always freely speak their minds in front of cameras.  Comedians can, and often do.


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