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Todd Akin defends 'legitimate rape' comments

Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin
Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin from KC Star archives

Former Rep. Todd Akin is back.

Almost two years after his “legitimate rape” comments to a St. Louis reporter, the former Missouri Senate candidate will publish a book, "Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom," next week.

He also talked with the Daily Mail about Hillary Clinton, politics, and rape.

The newspaper quotes from Akin’s book:

“When a woman claims to have been raped, the police determine if the evidence supports the legal definition of ‘rape’,” Akin writes. “Is it a legitimate claim of rape or an excuse to avoid an unwanted pregnancy? Are the police warranted to take action against a crime or not?

“My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down,” Akin adds in the book, “was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google ‘stress and fertilization,’ and you will find a library of research on the subject.”

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