In a move that seemed inevitable, the campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has now released a series of TV ads featuring survivors of sexual assault criticizing GOP challenger Rep. Todd Akin’s views on emergency contraception.
Two of the spots feature women who identify themselves as personally against abortion. One of them, identified as “Diana,” also identifies herself as a Republican.
“In the hospital, I was offered emergency contraception. Because of my personal beliefs, I declined. Here’s what else I believe: No woman should be denied that choice,” she said. ”I’ve never voted for Claire McCaskill, but because of Todd Akin, I will now.”
It’s the latest and most aggressive push back yet against Akin, whose candidacy imploded after he made controversial comments about “legitimate rape.” McCaskill’s campaign has plenty of money to run the ads statewide in Missouri.
Caitlin Legacki, a spokeswoman for the McCaskill campaign, also released a statement Tuesday morning outlining McCaskill’s position.
“Women who survive a sexual assault should have the option to take emergency contraception, whether they opt to take it or not,” Legacki said. “This should be a decision left between a woman, her doctor and her faith. Todd Akin’s extreme position on criminalizing emergency contraception, even for survivors of sexual assault, shows once again he would not be a Senator on our side.”
The emergency contraception issue appears to be working for the McCaskill campaign. On Monday, a newspaper editorial board asked Akin if he thought his own daughter should have access to the “morning-after” pill if she were raped.