Just five days before the election, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.)’s campaign released an ad promoting an endorsement from a female rape survivor who underwent an abortion.
In the minute-long commercial, a woman named Kelly says how she is a full-time student, a single mother, and rape survivor who has had an abortion.
“The reason I’m voting for Todd and I’m so proud of him is because he defends the unborn. He’s a kind man, he’s a compassionate man, he has so much integrity,” she says.
Earlier in the campaign, Akin famously coined the expression “legitimate rape,” and suggested that women rarely get pregnant from rape because their bodies are able to “shut that whole thing down.”
A Russian immigrant Zoya also appears in the ad and says she has known Akin’s “great loving family” for years.
“I know that Congressman Todd Akin knows what the government’s job is; that is to protect life and not to control life like they did in Russia,” Zoya says in the ad.
“I don’t want the same thing to happen in America as what happened in Russia,” she adds.
Following his controversial remarks on rape, Akin resisted calls from several members of his own party to drop out of the race. Real Clear Politics has Akin’s opponent, Democratic incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill, leading the polls by five points.