Washington, D.C. — In a speech on the House floor in 2008, Rep. Todd Akin said doctors give “abortions to women who are not actually pregnant.”
“You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: Not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things,” Akin said in the speech, as captured on C-SPAN.
“All of these things are common practice,” Akin continued, “but all of that information is available for America.”
A C-SPAN video of the speech was uncovered Tuesday by Slate.
In the clip, Akin also compares abortion to slavery.
“There will be a day — just as there is today, where people say, ‘Who would ever support slavery?’” Akin said. “In the future, there will be a day when men will say, ‘Who would have ever supported something so un-American as abortion?”
Akin’s campaign did not respond to requests for further comment.
Akin, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, has been forthcoming about his anti-abortion stance, but drew criticism from both political parties earlier this year when he said women’s bodies have a mechanism to prevent pregnancy in the case of “legitimate rape.”