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, 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 But an official with the GOP’s Senate campaign committee says it’s withdrawn $5 million in advertising planned for the race.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.