Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:47 am
Missouri’s GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin is facing a wave of criticism for comments he made during an interview about pregnancies caused by rape.
Akin is a six-term congressman and a Tea Party favorite challenging incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Speaking during an interview on Fox2’s Jaco Report Akin was asked if he would support abortion in cases when a woman was raped.
Akin replied that pregnancies caused by rape are rare and that women have some kind of biological defense to prevent pregnancy in these situations.
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