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ACTIVIST HISTORY Report: Todd Akin Arrested in 1980s Emily Rasinski / AP Photo

Report: Todd Akin Arrested in 1980s

At least he’s consistent. Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin was arrested at least three times at abortion protests during the 1980s, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Tuesday. The Republican congressman has publicly admitted to being arrested once. The previously undisclosed arrests, in 1985, were for criminal trespass and resisting arrest at abortion-clinic protests in St. Louis and Illinois. The arrests have stayed hidden because Akin was arrested under the name William, his legal first name, but he has since started going by his middle name, Todd. Akin is running a fierce campaign against incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, and was thrust into the national spotlight after claiming that victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant.

October 24, 2012 7:11 AM