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Published August 20, 2012, 02:47 PM

Congressman Akin's Comments About Rape Shake up the Republican Party

Republican Congressman Todd Akin's comments about rape and pregnancy have Republicans scrambling, including the presidential ticket.

By: Karen Travers, ABC News

Republican Congressman Todd Akin's comments about rape and pregnancy have Republicans scrambling, including the presidential ticket.

His remarks this weekend have set off a firestorm and a re-examination of multiple bills both he and presumptive Vice-Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan have co-sponsored which would ultimately redefine rape and restrict women's access to abortion.

Over the Weekend Missouri Congresman and Senate Candidate Todd Akin was asked about his support for a ban on abortion even in cases of rape. His response has caused an uproar.

Akin: "It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down."

Akin Later said he 'misspoke' and that he has 'deep empathy' for rape victims. But the damage was done.

Akin's Opponent Senator Claire McCaskill called him ignorant and said his comments were offensive. Until yesterday, she was seen as one of the most vulnerable democrats up for re-election. But now the race has been turned upside down. The consensus among republicans this morning is that akin may have doomed his chances.

Party officials are looking into ways to replace him on the ticket, but they would have to convince him to drop out as soon as possible.

The week before the Republican convention kics off this is certainly not what the party wants to focus on.

Last night Mitt Romney's campaign put out a statement from the candidate and his running mate Paul Ryan saying they "Disagree with Mr. Akin's Statement" and their administration "Would not oppose abortion in cases of rape."

In an interview this morning, Mitt Romney went even further calling Akin's comments insulting, inexcusable and offensive. But that may not be enough to put the issue to rest.

As of this afternoon, the Missouri Representative says he'll stay in the Senate race.

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