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Video: Rep. Todd Akin Claimed in 2008 that Doctors Gave Abortions to Women who were not Pregnant

| by Michael Allen

Republican Rep. Todd Akin's campaign stood by controversial comments that he made in 2008, when he claimed that abortion doctors were "giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant."

Speaking on the House floor in 2008, Rep. Akin said: “And what sort of places do these bottom-of-the-food-chain doctors work in? Places that are really a pit. 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.”

Rick Tyler, a spokesperson for Rep. Akin’s campaign, told BuzzFeed.com: "There’s ample evidence that abortion doctors on any number of occasions have deceived women into thinking that they’re pregnant, and then collect money for a procedure that they don’t perform. And I say they don’t perform it because obviously the women weren’t pregnant.”

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