Roseville, CA — Missouri 2nd District Congressman Todd Akin ended up in a hornet’s nest after he gave his comments on abortion during a news program.
Missouri Representative Todd Akin stirred up controversy during his interview on the “The Jaco Report”, a KTVI Fox news program. He discussed his views on abortion and when the host inquired if he is in favor of abortion in cases of rape, the Republican congressman commented, “It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try shut the whole thing down” (The congressman might also have the idea that if you have sex standing up, the girl isn’t going to get pregnant).
Representative Akin’s remarks immediately drew intense debates from pro and anti abortion groups. The Republican Party immediately went into damage control mode and issued out a statement through spokesperson Amanda Henneberg. She stated,”Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose an abortion in instances of rape.”
Due to his comments, Akin’s bid for the Senate has been put in jeopardy because he was asked to drop out of the senatorial race by fellow Republican and Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown in an attempt to eliminate the weakest link from the Republican Party. Representative Akin is running against Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill for the Missouri Senate. Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown released a statement saying, “As a husband and a father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong. There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri.”