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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – U.S. Representative Todd Akin says he misspoke when commenting on rape and abortion while recording The Jaco Report on FOX 2. This remark made the one of the national newspapers and elicited responses from Akin’s adversary, Senator Claire. McCaskill and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
During that interview, the congressman and the candidate for the US Senate were asked whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape.
Akin’s response was that doctors understood that it was rare for a person to become pregnant as a result of rape. He said, “The female body has ways of trying to stop all of this.”
He went on to say that the punishment should be given to the rapist and not the child. Democrats began circulating his comment after the show aired, citing rape and pregnancy statistics.
“It is incomprehensible that anyone could be so ignorant of the emotional and physical trauma of rape,” Senator McCaskill said in a statement sent to FOX 2.
Akin’s camp responded with a statement saying the congressman misspoke.
‘But I deeply believe in the protection of all life and I don’t think harming another innocent victim is the right course of action. ”
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are distancing themselves from Congressman Akin. They say they don’t agree with Akin’s comments. The presidential candidate and his vice presidential candidate add that they would not oppose rape abortion.
The race for the United States Senate in Missouri is one of the most closely watched in the country. Republican hopes of regaining control of the Senate depend heavily on Republican Congressman Todd Akin’s victory over incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. The Jaco Report will keep abreast of this campaign and we begin with a conversation with Congressman Akin. In the coming weeks, his opponent, Senator McCaskill, will join us.
Website: Todd Akin for the US Senate
Congressman Todd Akin released the following statement regarding his interview on “Jaco Report”:
“As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both unborn children and victims of sexual assault. . Reviewing my spontaneous remarks, it is clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I have for the thousands of women who are raped and abused each year. Those who commit these crimes are the lowest of the lowliest in our society, and their victims will not have a stronger lawyer in the Senate to help them get the justice they deserve.
“I recognize that abortion, and especially rape, is a very emotional issue. But I deeply believe in the protection of all life and I don’t think harming another innocent victim is the right way to go. I also recognize that there are those, like my opponent, who support abortion and I understand that I may not have their support in this election.
“But I also believe that this election concerns a wide range of very important issues such as the expansion of educational reform, the improvement of health care, bad loans, the economy and the type of country that we will leave to our children and grandchildren. We have had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington focusing on government growth rather than jobs. This is my main focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to turn away from it, knowing that they cannot defend the Democrats’ failed economic record of the past four years, this will continue to be my goal in the coming months.McCaskill Statement on Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” and Pregnancy Remarks
McCaskill for Missouri 2012 released the following statement from Senator Claire McCaskill after Todd Akin said that women victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant because their bodies have a way to “end it.” As a former prosecutor, Claire McCaskill has worked closely with hundreds of rape victims and intimately understands their trauma and pain. It is this experience that makes Akin’s statements so outrageous. “It is incomprehensible that anyone could be so ignorant of the emotional and physical trauma of rape,” said McCaskill. “The ideas expressed by Todd Akin about the serious crime of rape and its impact on its victims are offensive.”
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