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New campaign coalition: Rapists for Todd Akin?

Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., listens to a reporters question as he campaigns during the Northwest Missouri State Fair in Bethany, Mo., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.Credit: AP

No, there's no such thing in reality, but you'd think there were the case given the latest attack ads from Todd Akin's opponent, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

McCaskill's new ads prominently featuring three real-life victims of sexual assault who argue that Akin, a Republican, is bad news for women.

As you probably recall, Akin got pegged as the anti-woman candidate earlier this year after off-the-cuff remarks about abortion in cases of "legitimate rape," saying the body has ways to "shut that whole thing down." Although everyone agreed that Akin's comments were insane, an unpopular McCaskill is fending off a tough challenge in her reelection bid and apparently hoping to keep the issue alive with an ad like this:

In one, a woman identified as Diana said she's a Republican and pro-life, but that she supported making emergency contraception available for rape victims – something Akin opposes.

"I'm a Republican and a pro-life mother, and a rape survivor. In the hospital I was offered emergency contraception. Because of my personal beliefs, I declined. Here's what else I believe: no woman should be denied that choice," she says in the spot.

"What Todd Akin said is offensive, but what he believes is worse," she continues. "He would criminalize emergency contraception. I've never voted for Claire McCaskill, but because of Todd Akin, I will now."



In a second spot, a woman says Akin "showed his true colors and his true intent" when he make the remarks on abortion and rape in August.

"I'm a pro-life mother, and a survivor of an extremely violent sexual assault," she says. "As a woman of faith, I must forgive Todd Akin. But as a voter, it's not something I can forget."

The third commercial also features a rape victim, saying that no woman should be denied the choice of emergency contraception following a sexual assault.

"At the worst moment of her life, no woman should be denied that choice," she says.

"What Todd Akin said was troubling enough, but it's what he believes that's worse," she continues. "His policies would criminalize emergency contraception for women who are raped. That's what he would do with his vote in the Senate. What will you do with yours this November?"

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