BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) – Former GOP chairwoman and congressional candidate Ann Wagner has released statement about Todd Akin’s Comments on the Jaco Report. Ann Wagner is currently running for Todd Akin’s congressional seat.
Statement from Ann Wagner:
“As a staunch defender of the unborn I believe life begins at conception. Todd Akin’s comments about rape were wrong and indefensible. Todd has apologized and understands he was wrong in what he said. It is now up to Missouri voters to decide whether they accept his apology. Our country is at a crossroads and we are facing serious issues brought on by the overreach of government in our lives, out-of-control spending and debt, and an environment that does not promote job creation and economic prosperity. I have been running for Congress in Missouri’s 2nd District for 16 months and will continue to work hard to earn the trust and confidence of every voter.”
During an interview on FOX 2 the U.S. Senate candidate was asked whether abortion should be allowed in the case of rape.
Akin’s response was that it was his understanding from doctors that it’s rare for someone to become pregnant from rape. He said, “The female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.”
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin says he misspoke when making a comment about rape and abortion during the taping of The Jaco Report on FOX 2. That remark made national headlines and sparked responses from both Akin’s opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.