Thursday, August 23, 2012
BOMBSHELL! Mitt Romney met Dr. Jack Willke, the physician behind Rep. Todd Akin’s medically incorrect and controversial views on rape and abortion during the 2012 election campaign and told him they agreed on “almost everything,” Dr. Willke says.
Dr. Jack Willke, a prominent anti-abortion campaigner, claims to be an authority on the theory espoused by Rep. Todd Akin that claims victims of what the Republican congressman called “legitimate rape” do not become pregnant because their bodies “shut down” due to the trauma.
The 87-year-old physician endorsed Romney’s 2008 Republican presidential nomination and was one of his official campaign surrogates. ”I am proud to have the support of a man who has meant so much to the pro-life movement,” Romney said at the time.
But both Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan — his vice presidential running mate, have denounced remarks made by Rep. Akin and Dr. Willke has been given no role in Romney’s 2012 campaign and surrogates stress that the candidate disagrees with his theory on rape.
However, Dr. Willke told The Daily Telegraph that he did meet Mr Romney during a presidential primary campaign stop in the doctor’s home in Cincinnati last October. Local news reports at the time noted the two men held “private meetings” during the visit.
“He told me ‘thank you for your support – we agree on almost everything, and if I am elected President I will make some major pro-life pronouncements’,” Dr. Willke said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.
Dr. Jack Willke, a political ally of Rep. Todd Akin posited the theory in a 1985 book which claimed when a woman is raped her fallopian “tubes are spastic”, preventing conception. Mainstream scientific literature rejects the crackpot theory. In fact, studies show rapes result in tens of thousands of pregnancies in the U.S. per year.