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Congressman defends controversial rape comments

St. Louis (AP) -- A former Missouri Republican congressman whose comments about "legitimate rape" during the 2012 U.S. Senate campaign were roundly criticized now says he was wrong to apologize.

Todd Akin says in a new book that his remarks on whether abortion should be legal in cases of rape were taken out of context and led to his "political assassination" and betrayal by GOP allies.

Akin lost to Democrat Claire McCaskill. Akin writes that he believes stress affects conception, and asks "what could be more stressful than a rape?"

He also says a "library of research on the subject" can be found on Google.

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