By Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
Controversial rape comments from Republican Missouri Rep. Todd Akin are spilling into the Omaha congressional race.
Both U.S. Rep. Lee Terry and his Democratic challenger John Ewing on Tuesday called for Akin to get out of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri.
But in an interview with Nebraska Watchdog, Ewing said Terry has more explaining to do because Terry “stood with Congressman Akin as they tried to redefine rape during this Congress.”
Ewing said Terry was an original sponsor of Akin’s bill that would have classified rape as “‘forcible’ rape’ as if there is some other form of rape.”
In a statement to Nebraska Watchdog, Terry called Akin an embarrassment who doesn’t understand the true tragedy of rape.
“Because he lacks empathy, he should leave the race,” Terry said.
In his statement, Terry did not comment on his sponsorship of Akin’s bill.
During a TV interview over the weekend, Akin was asked if he would support abortions for rape victims.
“It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin responded.
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said of a rape victim’s chances of becoming pregnant.
According to Project Vote Smart, Terry—who supports abortion to save the mother’s live — opposes abortion in cases of rape and incest.
A spokesperson for Ewing said he supports abortions in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.
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