Missouri Republican Todd Akin has had a change of heart about his “legitimate rape” comment. He’s not sorry after all.
In his new book, “Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom,” he says one of his few regrets was putting out a campaign ad apologizing for his “legitimate rape” comment saying that if a woman is a victim, “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
The comment doomed his campaign for Senate in 2012.
While Akin’s book doesn’t hit stores until July 15, a copy was provided to Politico.
By asking the public at large for forgiveness, Akin writes, I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said. My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss, Akin writes. Doubt me? Google ‘stress and infertility,’ and you will find a library of research on the subject.
In his book, Akin says he could have own his race even after the comments if liberals and conservatives hadn’t piled on with a “war on women” message.