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Akin Fallout: Patch Coverage of 'Legitimate Rape' Comment

A round-up of reaction stories and news updates since this story exploded on Sunday.

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's comments on Sunday to FOX2's Charles Jaco suggesting that victims of "legitimate rape" have a built-in defense against pregancy have dominated the national political conversation since Sunday night.

Patch readers have chimed in with a robust discussion over Akin's remarks on the first item we posted about the controversy — and discussion that's still running, so it's not too late to join in.

Here's a round-up of coverage from Patch editors — and Patch readers who have chimed in with blog posts in our Local Voices section. 

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22

Speculation has popped up that Ballwin's Wagner, the GOP candidate for Akin's current U.S. House seat, could swap places with Akin on the ballot.

LOCAL VOICES: Blog posts by our readers

Akin and Ryan could have chosen the word "Survivor" to describe a rape victim.

TUESDAY, Aug. 21

The GOP's nominee vowed to stay in the race, despite pressure up and down the Republican ticket, and including from former Missouri U.S. Senators John Danforth, John Ashcroft, Kit Bond and Jim Talent, as well as current Missouri U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.

With a Tuesday deadline for U.S. Rep. Todd Akin to step aside from the U.S. Senate race without getting courts involved, political leaders in Patch communities around the country are speaking out.

The candidate for Missouri Senate issues ad Monday.

LOCAL VOICES: Blog posts by our readers

Arthur Christopher Schaper is a resident of Torrance, CA weighing in on Todd Akin's remarks about abortion as distraction from real debate and Claire McCaskill's poor service.

A commentary on the lack of substance in the current political debates, and a call to address important issues facing America this election season.

MONDAY, Aug. 20

While Republicans nationally question if Rep. Todd Akin's U.S. Senate campaign can survive, an unscientific poll of Missouri GOP insiders finds his controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy will hurt his standing with conservative voters.

Claire McCaskill appeared on MSNBC Monday to discuss Todd Akin's comment on 'legitimate rape,' which she calls a 'gut-check' for Missourians.

The Wildwood Republican told Mike Huckabee's national radio program Monday afternoon he will not step down as the Missouri GOP's nominee despite firestorm over weekend comments about "legitimate rape."

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's Sunday comments about "legitimate rape" prompt questions about definitions of rape—such as forcible/assault rape versus date rape and statutory rape—as well as whether females can get pregnant in all incidences of rape.

The leading provider, educator and protector for reproductive health care in the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri for 80 years issues a definite response to Todd Akin's Sunday comments about "legitimate" rape.

In the interview with Charles Jaco, the Senate candidate said "legitimate rape" would not cause pregnancy. Late Sunday night, the Romney-Ryan campaign weighed in.

In just a few hours, Todd Akin's comment drew angry, confused, stunned and downright funny reactions from comedians, actors and people across the country.

LOCAL VOICES: Blog posts by our readers

Unless you have the mindset of a stone age tool-maker, rape doesn't need a qualifier or new definition. Rape is rape. Period.

Representative Todd Akin's Sunday comment takes this blogger back to 175 year old bit of forgotten Missouri history.

jimmiebigballs August 20, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I guess we have to hope some more photos with AIR CLAIRE show up with her and Obama beside each other to pull this one out!!!!
Rockwood 25 August 21, 2012 at 09:04 PM
If you exchange the word "legitimate" rape for "forcible" rape in the latter part of Akin's original statement, you have legislation that Akin and Ryan tried to pass recently. No abortion for any reason is also the official GOP platform and has been for decades. I have no help for Akin on the incorrect medical part of his statement and he has apologized for it.

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