"The comments made yesterday by Rep. Todd Akin regarding abortion in instances of rape are just plain wrong and must be condemned. They have no basis in science and demonstrate terrible disregard and disrespect for the thousands of women who are victims of sexual assault every single week.
"Rep. Akin's comments are yet another attack on women's rights and their ability to make their own healthcare decisions. This kind of extremism cannot be allowed to dictate our nation's policies. We need leaders on both sides of the aisle who will stand up for women, not turn back the clock on equality. From the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to the current proposal for paycheck fairness--there are opportunities for this Congress to do the right thing for America's women. Over and over again, Congress has failed to act. It's about time that we put leaders into office who will do the right thing rather than cavalierly disregard women's rights."