Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin, appearing Sunday on The Jaco Report on FOX 2, responded to a question regarding abortion in the case of rape by saying "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Viewers of the show seemed shocked when Akin said “From what I understand from doctors, pregnancy from rape is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” The statement has caused a public outcry from both sides of the political spectrum, with fellow Republicans publicly disagreeing with Akin’s statement. Presumptive GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney said "Congressman's Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong." "Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive," Romney continued. Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, tweeted “Rape is rape Mr. Akin”. Mass. Sen. Scott Brown issued a statement saying "As a husband and 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 US Senate in Missouri." Brown has even suggested Akin give up the nomination for the Republican Party in the Missouri Senate race.
Although Akin issued an email statement later yesterday stating he "misspoke" and that "In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it's clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year", the whirlwind of controversy continues. But, despite the overwhelming dismay and anger his comments have generated, during the Mike Huckabee's radio show, Akin insisted today he would would not step down and would remain in the race.