Ashley Judd at DNC: 'Rape is rape'
September 4th, 2012
02:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Ashley Judd at DNC: 'Rape is rape'

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Actress Ashley Judd, a Tennessee delegate at the Democratic National Convention this week, blasted Rep. Todd Akin's recent comments about rape and pregnancy.

"At any time, in any relationship, at any age, and in any place, rape is rape," the movie and television star said at the Ohio Delegation breakfast in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Akin drew fire from Republicans and Democrats alike when he said last month that a woman's body is biologically capable of blocking pregnancy during cases of "legitimate rape."

The socially conservative congressman apologized for his comments. But despite calls from party leadership to withdraw his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri, Akin vowed to continue on.

Judd, who earned a master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2010, argued Akin's comments represent larger policy problems within the Republican Party.

"If we make medically accurate sex education available to boys and girls and women and men, and we make modern family planning available to them, (then) we prevent unintended pregnancy," she said. "We make the need for abortion–except in the case of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother–obsolete."

The Hollywood star has been a big surrogate for President Barack Obama, appearing for the candidate on the campaign trail this cycle, as well as in 2008.

Asked after her speech what she thought about Clint Eastwood's unusual performance at the Republican convention last week, Judd had little to say about her fellow movie star.

"You know we all have our own ways of supporting our candidates," she said.

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. adam

    No, it ain't Ashley.

    Most capitol hill Republicants are the byproduct of rapes if Not incest.

    Please let them be.

    September 4, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Monicafaye12

    You go Ashley! I cannot believe ANY woman would vote Republican.

    September 4, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I wonder how the right wing would feel about abortion if the rapist were the Devil himself.

    September 4, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. RealityBites

    Rape is rape. And abortion(grinding up and trashing unborn children) is murder.

    September 4, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Ashley.... Obama12. Way to go, gal.....

    September 4, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. v_mag

    To the Repugnants who believe Akin was right that rape doesn't lead to pregnancy, answer me this: If a raped woman does not get pregnant, why do we need a law that prevents her from having an abortion?

    September 4, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. demwit

    Ashley Judd!? Why all the old and loose hollywood stars at this years conventions??

    September 4, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Squigman

    Not one person, male or female with any self respect at all would pull any lever, press any button or push a pin through a paper card for a republican.

    September 4, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Ashley is correct. As for those who believe in turning the other cheek on this issue, more power to you. But Rape is still Rape!

    September 4, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    So who's arguing? Ga By Ashley. Remember! All Republicians vote on tuesday, all democrats vote on wednesday! Horray!!

    September 4, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Laurie

    This is "politics" at it's worst.... and it makes me nauseous. Rape is rape.... and those that have been victim to this horrific act know it is about the monster of an individual and offended that anyone would try to make this into a political platform to get elected. Have your opinion regarding what to do if conception occurs.... but don't for one moment loose sight of the fact that woman / or man..... has been tormented in a way no words can describe. Shame on you Ms. Judd.... and Mr. Akin... and anyone else that lessens the life-long effect such an act has on a woman.

    September 4, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. sonny chapman

    Reality: Agreed, Abortion is a medically gross procedure. It's a decision that no expectant mother takes lightly. To enforce your own morality on a women deciding whether to carry an unborn child to term & deal with those consequences should be between her & her Creator. The fact that Social Conservatives may lose some sleep based on her decision is not a sufficient reason to deny her of her choice. How much time in jail should a mother-to-be serve if she chooses an abortion ?

    September 4, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY


    Ashley Judd!? Why all the old and loose hollywood stars at this years conventions??

    because she's a delegate you moron....and i suppose Clint Eastwood, Jon Voight, Stephen Baldwin, Kid Rock, Janine Turner (?) who spoke to the convention showing their faces at the RNC are "old and loose hollywood stars" too? Try researching something before you make ridiculous remarks

    September 4, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. me

    and ignrance is bliss. How blssful the democrats are

    September 4, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. cali girl

    Can't wait to hear what name Rush calls her. Remember ladies, the GOP wants us to just lie back and enjoy being raped, since we can't do anything about it.

    September 4, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. cali girl

    You certainly can tell who the stupid men are on these posts.

    September 4, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. The Elephant in the Room

    Look, NOBODY like abortion. but the fact is, we make tough choices in life. They are unavoidable.

    Big government forcing a woman to bear the child that results from her being violated against he will is simply wrong. It screams to me that "she is property" whose direction in life is to be determined by other adults.

    An embryo is not a person. When a situation comes down to which of the two has the ultimate rights, it is the undeniable adult. Not the developing embry, which hasn`t been born yet.

    September 4, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    "An embryo is not a person. When a situation comes down to which of the two has the ultimate rights, it is the undeniable adult. Not the developing embry, which hasn`t been born yet."
    A fertilized egg is not an embryo. It's not an embryo until it attaches itself to Life.

    September 4, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republican men who get the sports illustrated swim suit edition are committing murder by their self gratification.

    September 4, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |