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Politics: Akin, Rape and Abortion / A Discussion #1029181

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The saga of Representative Todd Akin, who refuses to drop out of the Missouri Senate race after his comments on rape and abortion, re-introduced. [On Sunday, AKIN - talks about a "legitimate rape."] [On Hannity radio show, voice of AKIN - apologizes for what he said about the female body shutting down after rape.] Prior statements, including from anti-abortion activist Dr. John Willke†, about the notion a woman's body shut down in a case of rape quoted. [Representative Steve KING - comments on pregnancy.] A statement from King about rape and pregnancy quoted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with OBGYN Dr. David Grimes about rape and pregnancy. [GRIMES - talks about cases of rape and pregnancy; calls Willke's position "hogwash" and he has no scientific credentials.] Other material: a statement yesterday from Dr. Willke quoted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Paul Begala and Republican Kellyanne Conway about the politics of the Akin story. [BEGALA - says the Republican establishment is trying to drive Akin out of the race; comments on the position on abortion for rape victims; explains why the Republicans want Akin out.] [CONWAY - talks about the abortion planks in politics and about sex-selective abortion in the US.]

Cooper, Anderson

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