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Washington, Tue, 21 Aug 2012 ANI
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Washington, Aug 21 (ANI): A Republican presidential campaign spokeswoman has said presidential contender Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan do not agree with a lawmaker's offensive definition of 'legitimate rape'.

Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg issued a statement after Republican Todd Akin sparked off outrage by claiming that victims of 'legitimate rape' rarely get pregnant.

Akin, a Missouri Congressman, said that 'from what I understand from doctors, women's bodies naturally reject pregnancies that result from rape.

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," he has said.

The statement issued by Henneberg said that 'Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Akin's statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,' The New York Daily News reports.

According to the paper, remarks from Romney's campaign came despite Ryan's anti-abortion history.

As a congressional candidate in 1998, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, Ryan said he opposed all abortion except in cases where the mother's life was in danger.

Also, last year, Ryan co-sponsored federal legislation called the "Sanctity of Human Life Act," meant to "provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization," which could curb if not outlaw abortion and even some forms of birth control. (ANI)

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