Ex-US Rep. Akin defends 'legitimate rape' remarks
Posted on July 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM
Updated Thursday, Jul 10 at 12:20 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Missouri Republican congressman whose "legitimate rape" comments during the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign were roundly criticized now says he was wrong to apologize.
Todd Akin says in a new book that his remarks on whether abortion should be legal in cases of rape were taken out of context and led to his "political assassination" and betrayal by GOP allies. Akin lost to Democrat Claire McCaskill.
"Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom" will be released next week, but The Associated Press obtained a copy from the publisher.
Akin writes he believes stress affects conception, and asks "what could be more stressful than a rape?" He also says a "library of research on the subject" can be found on Google.