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Director of the Christian Defense Coalition Calls for Congressman Akin to Withdraw from Missouri Senate Race

Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, 540-538-4741; Rev. Mahoney is unavailable due to travel until after 11 PM EST, Aug. 20, 2012


WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following statement is released by Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, based in Washington, DC:


"Congressman Todd Akin's comment using the term 'legitimate rape' is offensive, repugnant and troubling.


"Rape is always violent and criminal and can never be linked with the term 'legitimate.' Although I respect the record of Congressman Aikin, especially in the pro-life community, some comments are so offensive and indefensible that one must assume the full consequences and responsibility for making them.


"Congressman Akin can demonstrate he accepts full responsibility by removing himself from the Missouri Senate race.


"On a practical level, these comments will follow the Congressman throughout the entire campaign and not allow him to deal with the critical issues facing America and the failed record of President Obama."