(CNN) – Three victims of sexual assaults are featured in new political ads released Wednesday by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, casting her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin, as a bad choice for women.
In August, Akin was widely lambasted by Democrats and Republicans alike after he suggested pregnancies only occur rarely in situations of "legitimate rape," saying the body has ways to "shut that whole thing down."
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In the ads from McCaskill, the three women all say Akin's comments signaled he was a poor choice for Missouri women.
In one, a woman identified as Diana said she's a Republican and pro-life, but that she supported making emergency contraception available for rape victims – something Akin opposes.
"I'm a Republican and a pro-life mother, and a rape survivor. In the hospital I was offered emergency contraception. Because of my personal beliefs, I declined. Here's what else I believe: no woman should be denied that choice," she says in the spot.
"What Todd Akin said is offensive, but what he believes is worse," she continues. "He would criminalize emergency contraception. I've never voted for Claire McCaskill, but because of Todd Akin, I will now."
In a second spot, a woman says Akin "showed his true colors and his true intent" when he make the remarks on abortion and rape in August.
"I'm a pro-life mother, and a survivor of an extremely violent sexual assault," she says. "As a woman of faith, I must forgive Todd Akin. But as a voter, it's not something I can forget."
The third commercial also features a rape victim, saying that no woman should be denied the choice of emergency contraception following a sexual assault.
"At the worst moment of her life, no woman should be denied that choice," she says.
"What Todd Akin said was troubling enough, but it's what he believes that's worse," she continues. "His policies would criminalize emergency contraception for women who are raped. That's what he would do with his vote in the Senate. What will you do with yours this November?"
The trio of ads marks the second time McCaskill has used Akin's rape comments in her political commercials. In September she also featured the remark in a spot that framed Akin as out of touch, also hitting the Republican congressman for his stance on social security, Medicare, the minimum wage and student loans.
Akin won a surprise victory last month in a crowded GOP primary, coming from behind in the polls to secure the Republican nomination. Less than two weeks later, he made the now infamous argument that a woman is biologically capable of blocking "legitimate rape."
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," he said. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
The remark soon caused public outrage and completely shook his candidacy. Top Republican leaders, including Mitt Romney, were calling for Akin to drop out within days.