(CNN) – Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill's campaign has released a new ad hitting Republican opponent Todd Akin for his conservative stance on contraception as a part of a statewide buy in Missouri.
The 30-second television spot, which began airing Saturday, depicts the six-term congressman as holding "extreme beliefs" and being out of touch with voters.
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The narrator begins by saying: "As a prosecutor, Claire McCaskill put hundreds of predators behind bars, fought on behalf of victims, counseled survivors of sexual violence. It's why Claire understands that survivors of rape deserve the option of emergency contraception whether they accept it or not."
"But Todd Akin opposes emergency contraception for victims of rape and incest," the narrator continues.
Akin came under fire in late August for comments he made in an interview with a Missouri television station concerning female reproductive functions that he said prevent pregnancy in cases of what he termed "legitimate rape."
"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," said Akin, who later apologized for the comments.
A clip of the interview was posted online by the liberal super PAC American Bridge. Akin's comments quickly went viral, causing a host of Republicans, including GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to urge the Senate hopeful to exit the race for fear of compromising a potential majority in the upper chamber.
The deadline for the conservative to exit the race passed September 25 as Akin vowed to continue his fight for the Senate seat.
Democrats currently control the Senate 53-47.
"While Claire's been a firm and compassionate advocate for survivors of sexual assault, Todd Akin's extreme belief that survivors of rape and incest should be denied access to emergency contraception simply goes too far," Caitlin Legacki, a McCaskill campaign spokeswoman, said in a release about the ad buy.
Responding to the ad, a spokesman for the campaign said the "race is not about what Akin said but what McCaskill did."
"While claiming to be a moderate, McCaskill voted with Barack Obama 98% of the time. She has voted for dozens of tax increases, TARP Wall Street Bailout, a $6.8 trillion increase in the debt ceiling in six years. Moreover, she was the deciding vote on Obamacare even though Missourians voted against it in a referendum by 71%," spokesman Rick Tyler said in a statement.
–CNN's Dana Davidsen and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.