U.S. Rep. Todd Akin

The Republican challenger for a hotly contested U.S. Senate seat in Missouri said on August 19, 2012 that he "misspoke" when he said women have biological defenses to prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape," making legal abortion rights unnecessary.

( Handout/Reuters / August 22, 2012 )

The Republican challenger for a hotly contested U.S. Senate seat in Missouri said on August 19, 2012 that he "misspoke" when he said women have biological defenses to prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape," making legal abortion rights unnecessary.

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