The deadline for Republican candidate Todd Akin's withdrawal from the race for U.S. Senate in Missouri has come and gone, and the six term congressman has made it clear that he will be moving forward with his campaign--whether or not he's backed by the national party, conservative media and Romney/Ryan ticket.
Since Akin made his "legitimate rape" comment--for which he has disavowed-- Democrats and liberal commentators have piled on the Missouri Congressman and GOP as a whole, using the gaffe to shift the focus of the national discussion to women's issues and specifically abortion. The Democratic National Convention outlined this strategy with the announcement of ten new women speakers Wednesday, including Sanda Fluke, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards, and President of NARAL Pro-Choice America Nancy Keenan.
Will this line of attacks backfire for the left though? Is it honest to connect the legitimate sides of debate around the Abortion issue, to Akin's comments which he himself has said was a mistake? Democrats and some in the media have mentioned the two issues in the same breath, hyperbolizing what might be a legitimate argument against abortion even in the case of rape and incest.
On "Real News" Wednesday the panel discussed whether the national media is muddying the waters in what is and is not a legitimate issue on the Abortion debate. The panel also took on the very sensitive question: is there a legitimate argument to be had against abortion in the case of rape?