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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Brown Calls on Akin to Quit Missouri Senate Race


BOSTON - Senator Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts on Monday called on Representative Todd Akin of Missouri, a fellow Republican, to quit his Senate race, saying that his comments on rape were too far out of bounds.

“As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin's comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong,” Mr. Brown said in a statement on Monday morning.

“There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking,” he added. “Not only should he apologize, but I believe Representative Akin's statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri.”

Mr. Akin prompted anger across the political spectrum on Sunday with a comment regarding pregnancies resulting from rape. He said they were rare, adding, “If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Mr. Brown appears to be the first Republican senator to call for Mr. Akin's resignation from the race. As a Republican in deep blue Massachusetts, Mr. Brown supports legalized abortion, but not the procedure that opponents call partial-birth abortion. He has also supported abortion in cases of incest and rape and when the life of the woman is endangered.

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