The US Republican Congressman under fire for claiming women could choose not to become pregnant after being raped has said sorry.
Todd Akin, however, has refused to pull out of the race for the Missouri Senate, despite pressure from senior party figures including presidential candidate Mitt Romney who has described Akin’s controversial comments about abortion and rape as “indefensible.”
But views are mixed in the state itself. Missouri resident Tom Kennedy said: “He’s just shot himself in the foot. Somebody else can get in there because that’s almost irreparable damage.”
Another voter, Tyson Funk said he was ready to forgive and forget: “I think what he said was misguided. He admitted it was misguided and I’m all right with it. I think he should stay in.”
It is an indication of the strength of Akin’s grassroot supporters who are standing firmly behind their man despite the controversy which risks complicating Republican efforts to win the majority in the 100-member Senate.