Rep Todd Akins, a Missouri Senate candidate, said that he was against abortion even in cases of rape. He said that if it was legitimate rape “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
He mentions that this is what he understood from doctors.
His controversial comments were denounced by President Obama and Mitt Romney as well as other politicians.
Republicans hoped to win more seats in the Senate. But with Akin’s recent comments, the party leaders want him to step down. A National Republican Senatorial Committee said that it will pull $5 million in advertising if he doesn’t.
Despite the growing pressure on Akin to quit the Missouri Senate race, Akin recorded a new TV ad asking for forgiveness from his comments about rape.
His script said:
“Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize,” Akin says in the ad. “As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. I pray for them.”
According to Missouri law, if Akins doesn’t withdraw by the Tuesday deadline, he would need a court order to be removed from the ballot. He would be responsible for paying for the reprinting of ballots.
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Watch Rep Todd Akins seeking forgiveness for ‘legitimate rape’ comments: