Controversial Congressman who apologized for rape comments says he isn’t sorry
ST. LOUIS – A former Congressman who made national headlines for his comments on rape and abortion says he has one regret about his campaign, but it’s probably not what you would think.
In 2012, Todd Akin was campaigning on a no-exceptions policy on abortions.
During an interview, he was asked why he opposes abortion even when the pregnancy is the result of rape.
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said to KTVI.
After his comments sparked outrage, Akin backtracked and apologized, saying he misspoke.
In a statement, he said, “It’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action.”
After losing to Sen. Claire McCaskill, Akin is speaking out in a new book.
In his book, “Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom,” Akin says he has one regret from his campaign.
According to the Washington Post, Akin says he regrets apologizing for his comments.
“By asking the public at large for forgiveness, I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said,” he wrote.
He also wrote, “My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss.”