Assault survivors speak out against Akin in McCaskill ads
October 10th, 2012
02:09 PM ET
8 years ago

Assault survivors speak out against Akin in McCaskill ads

(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.

Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Senate • Todd Akin
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. gt

    that a girl claire...get low and dirty..dont talk jobs.or how you and your boss harry reid have done nothing in the senate...ata girl....keep on being obama biggest supporter.....

    October 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I've never had the terrible experience of rape but someone who has been raped knows, or someone who is a rapist or attempted rapist knows what rape is. Which brings into to question about Adkins statement, has he ever experienced rape or has he ever attempted raping someone to know a woman's body is capable of blocking legitimate rape and the female body has a way of shutting down the whole thing. I think he needs to answer that question and not blame it on some unknown doctor maring the medical profession and if he's a woman he needs to say so.

    October 10, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Boo

    Who in their right mind would vote for this guy?

    October 10, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Borderless

    Akin should lose. Akin has no business being in office with such horrible views. While I support Romney in the presidential election, I sincerely hope McCaskill beats Akin. Such a horrible thing he did. Criminal. Do that right thing, Missouri, get him out of office.

    October 10, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Blinded by the republican lie

    Well I hope the good women of Missouri can shut Akin's whole thing down.... Mc Caskill2012/ Obama-Biden 2012!!!!!

    October 10, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. nintex

    Don't you wish Todd Akin could somehow experience what women who have been raped to through and just see what he would do then? He'd be the first one to support a contraception/abortion bill. If men were the ones who got pregnant and had to go through the birth process, abortions would be free and legal on every street corner!

    October 10, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. demwit

    Thank God theres no Congressional hearing today! Not here at least...

    October 10, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Maybe a group of men should take some broom handles to Akin to show him what rape feels like Then shove a watermelon up him to show how it feels to give birth.

    NAH – he'd probably enjoy it.

    October 10, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. demwit

    If Todd Akin were senator, these women would have unwanted children. Oh wait......

    October 10, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. demwit

    Did these women get pregent? Just asking...

    October 10, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Name Sheon1

    What is really a shame is that people will still vote for this man even though they know how foolish this old dude is.

    October 10, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's next dog catcher

    Between Akin & Broun, and the Republican party, their disconnect from physical reality is scary.

    It is the same group that wants star wars and more nukes, and chemical and bio weapons.
    These wingnuts want to push the button and say God's will, or Oops forgiven!
    No wonder our allies are nervous about intentions.

    This whole mess with China? Starts with crooked Republican Nixon.
    As long as America keeps these psychopaths elected, it does not get better.

    October 10, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Grahame Rhodes

    Good for them to speak out against an attack which scars woman for life. Todd Akin is no better than Sandusky. He and the other trio of lunatics (Namely Jon Hubbard, Paul Brown, and Michelle Bachmann.) who represent the repressive American Republican Taliban and who want to take away woman's rights are very sick people and should be flushed.

    October 10, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. rosco

    How low will the dems go, putting these poor women thru this just aint right

    October 10, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Why are there so many GOP/Tea Party politicians like DeMint and Santorum still supporting Akin? Although Romney is trying to strike a more moderate tone, there are too many in his party who want anti-abortion laws without exceptions as advocated by Akin.

    October 10, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY


    Who in their right mind would vote for this guy?

    poster g, that's who: "that a girl claire...get low and dirty..dont talk jobs.or how you and your boss harry reid have done nothing in the senate...ata girl....keep on being obama biggest supporter....."

    October 10, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Don't you wish Todd Akin could somehow experience what women who have been raped to through and just see what he would do then?"

    No. I wouldn't wish that on anyone and that's the whole freekin point. Akin's position further victimizes women who have already been victimized. It's bad enough they got raped, but they then frequently get raped by the criminal justice system. Should they also be getting raped by our government mandating what they do with their bodies? I say no. Millions and millions of women say no. Millions and millions of men say no. NO MEANS NO.

    October 10, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. 4moreyears

    This guy is a mess. SMDH

    October 10, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. PaulCat

    They need men to make choices for them
    They can't think for themselves
    We are the head.

    October 10, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |

    Mr. Transparency, You need to answer as to why you and your administration have conspired to LIE about Benghazi. STOP LYING and tell the truth FOR ONCE.

    October 10, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. rs

    Every voter needs to remember that standing with Mr.Romney, ready to implement Republican policy for all Americans are politicians like Mr.Akin- people simply too stupid, too partisan, and too radical to govern. Akin alone is reason enough to vote againt Romney.

    October 10, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |