Romney campaign disagrees with Akin rape comments

Romney campaign disagrees with Akin rape comments

US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney stands in front of his campaign bus en route to a campaign event at the Ross County Court House in Chillicothe, Ohio, on August 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB

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by KASIE HUNT

AP

Posted on August 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 19 at 10:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is distancing himself from a Missouri congressman who says a woman's body "has ways" to prevent pregnancy after rape.

Romney's campaign on Sunday said Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, disagree with Todd Akin's comments. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul says Romney's administration would not oppose abortion in cases of rape.

Akin, a Republican congressman who is challenging Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, was asked in an interview released Sunday if he would support abortions for women who have been raped. Akin said that, quote, "if it's legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Akin later said that he "misspoke" in the interview.

 

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