William Todd Akin, a six-day Republican ambassador from Missouri who secured a safe seat to run for the Senate in 2012, saw his campaign plummet in the hail of condemnation after speaking of “legal rape,” who died Sunday at his home in St. Petersburg. He was seventy-four years old.
His death in Wildwood, Mo., after years of fighting cancer, was confirmed by Perry Akin, his son, in a statement to The Associated Press.
Akin, an anti-abortion activist whose rise in politics has been promoted by the media, angered the political party after he said in a television interview in August 2012 that women’s bodies could abort through methods of what he called “legal rape.”
“A woman’s body has ways of trying to cover up the whole thing,” Akin said when asked about her views on abortion in cases where a woman was raped. “But let’s think that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be punishment, but the punishment should be for the rapist, and not against the child,” he added.
Akin’s remarks angered Democrats and women’s rights groups. Leading reproductive health experts have rejected her views.
The Republicans, too, were outraged by the remarks – some were outraged and others outraged because Mr Akin harmed Republicans’ bid for a key Senate seat which they were favored to win before the debate.
The Republican presidential ticket Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan quickly withdrew from Mr. Akin’s remarks.
“His talk about rape was disgusting, and I can’t defend what he said,” Romney said in a statement at the time. “I can’t defend him.”
Republicans withdrew money and support in an attempt to drive Mr. Akin out of the race. Eventually, he rejected calls for his resignation and was severely beaten by Senator Claire McCaskill, the Democratic leader.
Although Mr. Akin first apologized for his remarks, he later defended himself in a letter published in 2014 that described his experience as Republican president. By apologizing to the public, Mr. Akin wrote in the book, he had emphasized the deliberate “misinterpretation” of what he had said.
Mr. Akin was born to Paul and Nancy Akin on July 5, 1947, in New York and grew up near St. Louis. He graduated from high school, John Burroughs, and earned a degree in engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts before earning a master’s degree in theology from the Theological Seminary in Missouri. He worked as a manager for Laclede Steel, which was founded by his grandfather.
A member of the Presbyterian Church in America, he was first elected to Missouri House in 1988, receiving support from his first political office as part of parents teaching their children at home; Mr. Akin at home — studied all six of his students.
In 2000, he was elected to Congress in what analysts at the time called the beating of the political economy. He was seen as an outsider in the five rounds of the Republican primary, and won by 56 votes as they were steadily entering the ranks of the other.
As an ambassador, she chose her faith, driven by faith that God had given her a ministry.
“He will not violate his beliefs if you shoot him,” Rick Mathes, of the Mission Gate Prison Ministry where Mr. Akin worked in the counseling team, said in 2012.
In a press conference in 2012, Mr. Akin said after the experience we had “it was right to thank God, who is infallible and wiser than we are.”
“And so I say, to God alone honor and glory, no matter how much he chooses to plan history,” he said.
In addition to his son Perry Akin, survivors include Mr. Akin’s wife, Lulli Boe Akin; his mother, Nancy Bigelow Akin; three more sons; two daughters and eighteen grandchildren, according to AP