Representative Todd Akin on "legitimate rape"

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“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV. “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: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”

Representative Todd Akin, who is a Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, on rape. He has since issued a statement clarifying his remarks.

Todd Akin speaks at the 58th National Prayer Breakfast in 2010. Photograph: Getty Images