'Legitimate rape' candidate strikes again

18:19, Oct 03 2012
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: US Senate candidate Todd Akin.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: US Senate candidate Todd Akin.

The US Senate candidate who was heavily criticised for remarks on "legitimate rape" is again drawing attention for comments about abortion. Todd Akin says doctors are "giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant".

The Republican congressman made the remark in a 2008 speech. The video was being circulated Wednesday on the internet as Akin campaigns against Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill.

A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, which provides women's health services including abortions, called Akin's assertion ridiculous and an example of how he's out of touch with women.

Akin apologised last month after saying in a TV interview that women have biological ways of avoiding pregnancy in what he called "legitimate rape".

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