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"Legitimate rape" comment gets new use in McCaskill ad against Akin

11:12 AM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
Todd Akin and Claire McCaskill. (Getty Images)
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DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is taking aim at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors upset about Akin's position on emergency contraception.

The three ads that began running Wednesday feature two women who describe themselves as "pro-life," including one who says she is a Republican and another who describes herself as "a woman of faith."

The ads refer to Akin's August remarks about women having a biological defense against pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape." They also reference a separate August interview in which Akin said he considers the morning-after pill to be form of abortion, which he opposes.

Akin has apologized repeatedly for the "legitimate rape" remark but has continued to highlight his opposition to abortion.

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