"Todd Akin’s grossly irresponsible remarks about “legitimate rape” and conception have received much media attention. As well they should."
I must admit that I haven't followed this story very closely but isn't it possible he was speaking of legitimate rape vs a false claim of rape, such as was levied against the Duke lacrosse team?
And as for the female functions shutting down and preventing pregnancy, why shouldn't a traumatic and horrifying event cause the body to stress out, possbly stopping the pregancy from occuring? Stranger things have happened. Obama is president after all.