GOP congressman from Missouri fights to save Senate campaign after rape pregnancy comments

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Associated Press

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 21 at 1:02 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Congressman Todd Akin is vowing not to quit his campaign for the U.S. Senate, but that's exactly what a growing number of his Republican colleagues say he should do.

The Missouri congressman's comments that women are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of what he called "legitimate rape" have generated statements of outrage from politicians in both parties, while gynecological experts call it a contradiction of "basic biological truths."

At a White House news conference today, President Barack Obama said distinguishing among types of rape "doesn't make sense" and Akin's comments underscore why male politicians should not make health decisions for women.

Mitt Romney called Akin's remarks "offensive" in an interview with the National Review Online, while his campaign adds that the Republican presidential candidate "would not oppose abortion in instances of rape."

The GOP has long considered Missouri essential to winning control of the Senate. But an official with the GOP's Senate campaign committee says it's withdrawn $5 million in advertising planned for the race.

For her part, incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill says Akin should not be forced out of the race.

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230-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Barack Obama)--President Obama is denouncing a Missouri Senate candidate's assertion that women's bodies can halt a pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (20 Aug 2012)

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171-a-15-(President Obama, at briefing)-"the American people"-President Obama says Missouri Congressman Todd Akin's comments on rape are offensive. (Akin said in an interview Sunday that women's bodies can usually prevent pregnancies in 'a legitimate rape,' and that conception is rare in such cases.) (20 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *171 (08/20/12)>> 00:15 "the American people"

176-a-11-(Congressman Todd Akin, R-Mo., and Republican Senate candidate, in interview)-"off the bat"-Congressman Todd Akin says his comments about rape were the wrong words used in the wrong way. COURTESY: "The Mike Huckabee Show syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media Networks" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (20 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *176 (08/20/12)>> 00:11 "off the bat"

177-a-12-(Congressman Todd Akin, R-Mo., and Republican Senate candidate, in interview)-"very serious error"-Congressman Todd Akin says he's sorry for his comments about rape, but he is not going to give up his Senate campaign. COURTESY: "The Mike Huckabee Show syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media Networks" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (20 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *177 (08/20/12)>> 00:12 "very serious error"

173-a-06-(President Obama, at briefing)-"way out there"-President Obama says he has differences with the Romney-Ryan ticket on health care, but the two sides can probably agree on this. (20 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *173 (08/20/12)>> 00:06 "way out there"

172-a-12-(President Obama, at briefing)-"behalf of women"-President Obama says Congress needs to stay out health care decisions made by women. (20 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *172 (08/20/12)>> 00:12 "behalf of women"

178-a-12-(Congressman Todd Akin, R-Mo., and Republican Senate candidate, in interview)-"win this race"-Congressman Todd Akin says he is not going to give up his Senate campaign, despite his regrettable comment on rape. COURTESY: "The Mike Huckabee Show syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media Networks" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (20 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *178 (08/20/12)>> 00:12 "win this race"

175-a-11-(Congressman Todd Akin, R-Mo., and Republican Senate candidate, in interview)-"the wrong way"-Congressman Todd Akin apologizes for his televised comments that women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancies in what he had called 'a legitimate rape.' COURTESY: "The Mike Huckabee Show syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media Networks" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (20 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *175 (08/20/12)>> 00:11 "the wrong way"

174-a-05-(Congressman Todd Akin, R-Mo, and Republican Senate candidate, in interview)-"that I apologize"-Congressman Todd Akin says he is sorry for saying women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in "a legitimate rape." COURTESY: "The Mike Huckabee Show syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media Networks" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (20 Aug 2012)

<<CUT *174 (08/20/12)>> 00:05 "that I apologize"

GRAPHICSBANK: Todd Akin headshot, as US Representative of Missouri, on texture, partial graphic (20 Aug 2012)

GRAPHICSBANK: Paul Ryan, as US Representative of Wisconsin, and Todd Akin, as US Representative of Missouri (l-r), on texture, partial graphic (20 Aug 2012)

APPHOTO MOSTP101: FILE - This Aug. 10, 2012 file photo shows Todd Akin, Republican candidate for U.S. Senator from Missouri taking questions after speaking at the Missouri Farm Bureau candidate interview and endorsement meeting in Jefferson City, Mo. Akin fought to salvage his Senate campaign Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, even as members of his own party turned against him and a key source of campaign funding was cut off in outrage over the Missouri congressman's comments that women are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." (AP Photo/St. Louis Pos-Dispatch, Christian Gooden) (20 Aug 2012)

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