Akin: I Misspoke on 'Legitimate Rape'

    FILE - This May 17, 2011 file photo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, in Creve Coeur, Mo. Akin said in an interview Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 with St. Louis television station KTVI that pregnancy from rape is "really rare." Akin, who has said he opposes all abortions, said in the interview if a woman is raped, her body "has ways to shut that whole thing down." (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file)

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    Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican from Missouri who is running for Senate, said in an interview released Sunday that women's bodies have a defense mechanism that keeps them from getting pregnant if they are the victims of "legitimate rape." "First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare," Akin told KTVI-TV. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down." After the comments went viral, Akin said on Twitter that he "misspoke," and released a statement clarifying that the comment "does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year."

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