William Todd Akin, a six-time Republican representative in Missouri who left a secure seat to run for the Senate in 2012, has seen his campaign collapse from misunderstandings following a statement on “legal rape.” His home in a St. Louis suburb. He is 74 years old.
His son Perry Akin confirmed in a statement to the Associated Press that he had died in Willowwood after years of fighting cancer.
Mr. Akin opposed the abortion, which led to a political upheaval by evangelicals, sparked outrage across the political spectrum after he was forced to A TV interview In August 2012, in what he called “legal rape,” women’s bodies could somehow refuse to conceive.
When asked about his stance on abortion when a woman has been sexually abused, Akin said, “The female body has ways to shut it all down.” “But maybe it didn’t work. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment should be given to the rapist and not to the child,” he said.
Mr. Akin’s remarks angered Democrats and women’s rights groups. Leading experts in reproductive health have rejected his argument.
Republicans were also outraged by these statements – some were outraged and others were outraged at the damage done to Republicans’ demand for a decisive Senate seat that favored him for victory before the interview.
Akin’s remarks quickly toppled Mitt Romney’s and Paul Ryan’s Republican presidential tickets.
Mr Romney said at the time that his remarks about rape were “extremely offensive and I cannot defend what he said”. “I can’t protect him.”
Republicans withdrew funds and support in an attempt to oust Mr. Akin from the race. He eventually rejected his resignation and was severely beaten by Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill.
Mr. Akin initially apologized for the comments, but later defended them in a book Published in 2014 He described his experience as a six-time Republican congressman. Apologizing to the public, Mr. Akin wrote in the book, confirming what he said was a “deliberate misinterpretation.”
Mr. Akin was born Paul and Nancy Akin on July 5, 1947 in New York and grew up near St. Louis. He graduated from the prestigious John Burroughs Preschool and graduated from Worcester Polytechnic in Massachusetts with a degree in engineering before receiving a master’s degree in divinity from the Covenant Theological Conference in Missouri. He worked as a manager at Lockleed Steel, founded by his grandfather.
A member of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, he was first elected to the Missouri House in 1988 and received the support of his first political base as part of a network of home-educated parents; Mr. Akin and all six of his children were educated at home.
He was elected to Congress in 2000, which was described by analysts at the time as a political ploy. He was seen as an outside candidate for the Republican primary system, and won by 56 votes as the moderate candidates ate up each other’s total.
As a legislator, he was motivated by the belief that God had given him a mission to do, and he centered his faith without disbelief.
In 2012, Rick Mathis of the Mission Gate Prisons Ministry, where Akin worked, said: “If you shoot him, he will not violate his beliefs.”
In his 2012 relief speech, Mr. Akin said, “After the situation we all faced,” it is especially appropriate to thank God, who is wiser than we are. “
“So I say, no matter how he decides to organize history, the glory and glory belongs only to God,” he said.
Survivors include his son, Perry Akin, and Akin’s wife, Luli Bo Akin; His mother, Nancy Bigelow Akin; Three other sons; According to the AP, he has two daughters and 18 grandchildren