Nov 06 2012
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) successfully defended her seat on Tuesday against opponent Rep. Todd Akin (R), the Tea Party-backed Republican who has become infamous for his comments about “legitimate rape.”
Akin was leading McCaskill in the polls until he said in August that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant, because the female body “has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin was defending his position that abortion should be illegal, even in cases of rape.
Later reports confirmed that Akin had been arrested at least eight times while participating in anti-abortion protests. On one occasion, police had to physically carry him into an elevator when he would not leave the premises of an abortion clinic, according to the St. Louis Dispatch.
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