In an interview on The Mike Huckabee Show, Republican Senate nominee Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) apologized for saying that women don’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape” because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
“I’ve really made a couple of serious mistakes here that were just wrong, and I need to apologize for those,” Akin told Huckabee. The Missouri Republican went on to concede that women can indeed be impregnated by rapists.
In the interview, Akin said he simply misspoke when he used the phrase “legitimate rape,” saying he actually meant “forcible rape.” He went on to say that rape is “equally tragic” to abortion.
Despite a growing number of Republicans calling for him to withdraw from the race, including two sitting United States senators, Akin pledged to fight on. “I’m not a quitter,” said the congressman. “I’ve not yet begun to fight.”
Despite speculation on Twitter that Akin was preparing an exit, he reiterated his pledge to stay in the race during an interview on The Sean Hannity Show.
Akin also explained the story behind his “legitimate rape” comment: “I had heard from medical reports that rape is such a traumatic thing that there’s a reaction. But that’s wrong.”