In tweets just six minutes apart, Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown and his challenger Elizabeth Warren condemned comments made by Rep. Todd Akin that implied women who are raped could shut down their reproductive organs.
When asked his opinion on abortions in the case of rape during a TV interview Sunday, Akin, a Republican from Missouri who is running for a seat in the Senate, said the following:
"It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child."
Brown, a pro-choice Republican, called for Akin to apologize in a tweet Monday morning.
"I found Todd Akin’s comments about rape victims outrageous and way over the line," the message, sent at 6:51 a.m., said. "He needs to apologize."
Brown has also called for Akin to resign from the race for Senate, according to Politico.
Just six minutes later, Warren, the Democrat challenger, also took to twitter.
"I'm disgusted by Rep Akin's remarks about rape," the message said. "The GOP agenda for women isn't just wrong. It's dangerous."
Akin has since said he "misspoke."
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