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Tina Fey on Todd Akin: "I'm going to lose my mind"

12:04 PM, Oct 25, 2012   |    comments
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USA TODAY

Tina Fey is taking on Todd Akin over his rape remarks.

On Wednesday night, the 30 Rock star cracked up a New York crowd at a gala in support of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

"I wish we could have an honest and respectful dialogue about these complicated issues, but it seems like we can't right now," said Fey. "And if I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a $2 haircut explain to me what rape is, I'm going to lose my mind."

Speaking at the Center for Reproductive Rights' Inaugural Gala in New York Wednesday night, the 30 Rock star called out Akin, the Missouri Republican representative, over his assertion in an August TV interview that rape victims have a slim chance of getting pregnant because the body "has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

"Todd Akin claims that women can't really get pregnant from a legitimate rape because the body secretes hormones," Fey told the crowd. "Now I can't even finish this sentence without getting dumber; it's making me dumber when I say it - but it's something about the body not being able to get pregnant when it's under physical stress. Mr. Akin, I think you are confusing the phrase 'legitimate rape' with the phrase 'competitive gymnastics.'"

Later in the evening, Stanley Tucci addressed the crowd and called on event guests to join him in supporting the Draw the Line campaign by signing the Bill of Reproductive Rights at DrawTheLine.org.

USA TODAY

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