Rep. Akin, ‘legitimate rape’ and the political fallout


    Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Hour 2

    Republican Rep. Todd Akin has refused to pull out of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri after his controversial comments in a television interview about rape set off a public furor. Akin, responding to a question about his no-exceptions stance on abortion, said that in the case of “legitimate rape” a woman’s body had the ability to prevent pregnancy.  President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney both denounced Akin’s remarks, and a number of Republican senators have said he should withdraw from the race. But Akin isn’t quitting and yesterday he released a new apology ad.  This hour, we get a closer look at Rep. Akin and the Missouri U.S. senate race from JO MANNIES, a political reporter for the St. Louis Beacon.  Then we’ll hear two more reactions and analysis of the political fallout from ANN STONE, the chair of Republicans for Choice, and ERIN MATSON, Action Vice President for NOW (National Organization of Women).

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