Todd Akin Takes Back Apology for Rape Comment: 'I Misspoke Some Words'

By Albert Lin


Former Congressman Todd Akin has resurfaced to promote his new book—and he still can’t stop talking about rape.

Akin, a Missouri Republican, famously sabotaged his own U.S. Senate campaign in 2012 when he was asked if he believed abortion was acceptable in the case of a rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape,” he said, “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down [so a pregnancy does not result].” He lost his Senate bid by 15 points and retreated from the public eye.

But with a new book, Firing Back, to push, Akin appeared on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown on Thursday, and the topic was still on his mind.

“‘Legitimate rape’ is a law-enforcement term, and it’s an abbreviation for ‘legitimate case of rape,'” Akin said. “Do you know anybody who thinks rape is legitimate That doesn’t even make sense. I know no conservatives who think rape is legitimate.”

Akin had apologized after the original 2012 incident, but in the book he backs off the apology and says that others twisted the intent of his comments to discredit him. “I misspoke some words,” he explained on the air. “It was intentionally taken out of context. It’s made into this great big deal so that I’m sort of a villain of the whole world.”

And in what appeared to be a misguided attempt to show compassion for rape victims, Akin said, “I had a number of people on my campaign that were children that had grown up that had been conceived in rape. They were helping me on the campaign.”

Pressed by host Chuck Todd on whether he believes there is any instance in which abortion should be legal, Akin brought up ectopic pregnancies, in which the fetus is not viable and its continued development puts the mother in danger. “Your objective is not to kill the child, your objective is to save the mother’s life,” he said. “If you call that an exception, then that would be an exception.”

Watch all of Akin’s interview below:

Latest News

women in politics

Women Remain Vastly Underrepresented in Local Government, Despite Conventional Wisdom Suggesting Otherwise

Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sat behind President Biden during his first speech to a joint session of Congress on April 28 — representing the first time two women held such important and high-ranking political offices. Even after such a historic moment, the reality…

voter restriction

Florida Follows Georgia’s Lead, Approves Racist Anti-Voter Restrictions Aimed Primarily at Democrats and People of Color

Not content with letting Georgia be the only state in the South demonized for its bigoted and racist attacks on voter rights, Florida has jumped into the fray in issuing its own series of new and highly controversial “Jim Crow-esque” anti-voting restrictions aimed specifically at disenfranchising Democrats and voters of…

Kentucky Derby

Inspired by Protests Over Breonna Taylor’s Death, Humana and Kentucky Derby Festival Launch Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in Louisville

Ahead of the 147th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 1, Kentucky Derby officials and Humana (No. 25 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2020) have announced a new equity initiative meant to make the race more accessible and welcoming to everyone, regardless of race, gender, age…

crimes against human ity

‘Crime Against Humanity’; Global Report Says the US Should Be Prosecuted in International Criminal Court for Ongoing Police Murders of Black Americans

In what has been described as a “devastating” report, human rights experts and lawyers have investigated and released a 188-page analysis of the ongoing police brutality and killing of Black Americans in the U.S. Their verdict: the country is guilty of “crimes against humanity” and should be prosecuted for its…

Tokyo, Olympics

Tokyo Olympics to Encourage Significant Increase in Gender Equality Among Event’s Corporate Sponsors

Besides simply being a showcase for some of the most talented and athletic men and women on the planet, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are hoping their event this summer can also help promote significant change in corporate culture, both in Japan and around the globe. Bloomberg’s Ayai Tomisawa…

AbbVie Joins Over 400 Leading US Employers in the Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Business Coalition for the Equality Act’

Originally published on LinkedIn. AbbVie ranked No. 19 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2020.   AbbVie has joined a group of over 400 corporations and leading U.S. employers to support the Human Rights Campaign’s “Business Coalition for the Equality Act,” an initiative advocating for federal…

Accenture and Goodwill Develop Virtual Experience To Help People Impacted by the Criminal Justice System Enter the Workforce

Originally published at prnewswire.com. Accenture is ranked No. 5 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2020.   Goodwill Industries International has teamed with Accenture to develop an innovative virtual experience called Project Overcome. The experience is designed for people impacted by the criminal justice system who want to…