ST. LOUIS (AP) — As some powerful Republicans continue to press their party's Senate candidate in Missouri to leave the race over his comments about rape and abortion, one anti-abortion group is coming to his defense.
Missouri Right to Life, which opposes a woman's right to an abortion even in cases of rape and incest, says Todd Akin has shown what it calls a "consistent defense of innocent unborn human life."
But another group that opposes abortion, the Christian Defense Coalition, is calling on him to drop out, saying his comments are "offensive, repugnant and troubling."
Akin just has a few hours left before a significant deadline. If he's going to drop out of his Senate race against incumbent Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill, he has to do so by day's end. After that, a court order would be needed to remove a name from the ballot.
Many of Akin's fellow Republicans are urging him to drop out, in the aftermath of his statement that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."
Akin today posted a video online, apologizing for his remarks.
176-c-13-(Henry C. Jackson, AP correspondent)-"week in Tampa"-AP correspondent Henry Jackson reports Republicans are turning their backs on Congressman Todd Akin. (21 Aug 2012)
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177-c-10-(Henry C. Jackson, AP correspondent)-"state like Missouri"-AP correspondent Henry Jackson reports Congressman Todd Akin may not be able to run a Senate campaign without the support of the GOP. (21 Aug 2012)
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151-r-14-(Congressman Todd Akin, R-Mo., and Republican Senate candidate, in TV campaign ad)-"pray for them"-Missouri Congressman Todd Akin has released a new TV campaign ad titled 'Forgiveness,' in which he apologizes again for saying that women's bodies somehow prevent pregnancy after what he called 'legitimate rape.' (21 Aug 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Todd Akin headshot, as US Representative of Missouri, on texture, partial graphic (20 Aug 2012)
APPHOTO MOSTP101: FILE - This Aug. 10, 2012 file photo shows Todd Akin, Republican candidate for U.S. Senator from Missouri taking questions after speaking at the Missouri Farm Bureau candidate interview and endorsement meeting in Jefferson City, Mo. Akin fought to salvage his Senate campaign Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, even as members of his own party turned against him and a key source of campaign funding was cut off in outrage over the Missouri congressman's comments that women are able to prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape." (AP Photo/St. Louis Pos-Dispatch, Christian Gooden) (20 Aug 2012)
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