ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, the conservative Republican candidate for US Senate in Missouri is now backing off comments he made Sunday about rape and pregnancy.
The statement first aired during an interview Sunday on St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI.
An interviewer asked Akin if he would support abortions for women who have been raped.
Congressman Akin answered, "It seems to me first of all from what I understand from doctors that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something, you know, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be in the rapist, and not attacking the child."
In an emailed statement late Sunday, Akin said he "misspoke" during the interview.
However, the statement did not explain how he misspoke.
Mitt Romney's campaign spokesperson said Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Akin's statement, and do believe abortion should be legal in cases of rape.