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Todd Akin’s past remarks stir things up

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin once equated abortion providers to terrorists and suggested that it was ‘‘common practice’’ for them to be ‘‘giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant.’’

The Missouri congressman made the remarks in a 2008 speech on the House floor. They were being recirculated Wednesday on the Internet as Akin raised money in Washington for his campaign against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. Critics sought to link the remarks to Akin’s much-criticized comment in August that women have biological ways of avoiding pregnancy in cases of ‘‘legitimate rape’’ — a reason he offered for his opposition to abortion.

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