Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) claimed that "legitimate rape" victims rarely get pregnant. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), a Tea Party favorite, is apparently another Republican "expert" on the female reproductive system. Following a debate with Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth, Walsh made the false claim that exceptions to abortion bans to save the life of the mother are not necessary since "with modern technology and science, you can't find one instance" of a woman dying while giving birth:
Walsh said he was against abortion “without exception,” including rape, incest and in cases in which the life or health of the mother was in jeopardy.
Asked by reporters after the debate if he was saying that it’s never medically necessary to conduct an abortion to save the life of a mother, Walsh responded, “Absolutely.”
“With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance,” he said. “... There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing.”