Rep. Todd Akin: No pregnancy from ‘legitimate rape’
Rep. Todd Akin’s controversial comments on “legitimate rape” made during an interview with KTVI-TV have sparked a massive backlash.
By Robin Abcarian
August 19, 2012, 2:21 p.m.

If there is something everyone can agree on, it would seem that the idea that rape can result in unwanted
pregnancy would be right up there at the top of the list.

Not so in Missouri, where the Republican nominee for U.S. Senateon Sunday advanced the theory that the female reproductive system shuts down when a woman is being raped, thus preventing conception.

Rep. Todd Akin, a tea party candidate who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the closely watched race, was asked in a local television interview about whether he supports access to abortion in the case of rape.

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