UPDATE: Monday, August 20, 2012
Congressman Todd Akin says he was wrong in claiming that women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape" situation and that conception is rare in such cases.
The Missouri Republican Senate candidate went on Mike Huckabee's national radio show Monday to apologize for comments that aired Sunday on KTVI-TV in St. Louis. Akin's comments to KTVI's Charles Jaco created a furor that has included calls from some Senate Republicans for him to get out of the race.
Akin says he made a serious error but did not elaborate about how he made the mistake. He vowed to continue his campaign despite calls within his own party for him to step down, saying he's not the first politician to suffer from what he called "foot-in-mouth disease."
President Barack Obama Akin's comments were "offensive."
Obama said at a news conference Monday that comments by Missouri Congressman Todd Akin do not make sense.
Obama said, "Rape is rape" and said the idea of distinguishing among types of rape "doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me."
Obama said the comments underscore why politicians -- a majority of whom are men-- should not make decisions on behalf of women.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a conservative Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, has sparked a furor and earned a rebuke from Mitt Romney's campaign after saying women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape" and that conception is rare in such cases.
Romney says a GOP Senate candidate's comments on rape are "insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong." Romney says he has "an entirely different view." The presumptive GOP presidential nominee also called on Akin to correct his statements.
Akin is a six-term congressman running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill. He was asked in an interview on St. Louis television station KTVI if he would support abortions for women who have been raped.
"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Akin said.
Akin said in an emailed statement later Sunday that he "misspoke" during the interview.
Romney rebuked Akin in a statement, and McCaskill called the comments "offensive."
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri's GOP Senate candidate, has questioned whether women can become pregnant when they're raped.
Akin said in an interview with St. Louis television station KTVI released Sunday that pregnancy from rape is "really rare." A video of the interview is posted on the station's website.
Akin has said he opposes most abortions, and said in the interview that if a woman is raped, her body "has ways to shut that whole thing down."
Akin has served six terms and has said he's Missouri's most conservative congressman. He's running against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
McCaskill's campaign said Sunday that "Akin's record is riddled with policies and votes that hurt women."
Akin said Sunday the punishment for rape should be focused on the rapist and not "attacking the child."