Cass County Prosecutor and congressional candidate in Missouri's 4th Congressional district Teresa Hensley issued the following statement in response to Missouri Congressman Todd Akin's remarks regarding what he called "legitimate rape."
"As a prosecutor, I've helped protect victims of rape and I've made sure rapists go to jail and I know this: there is no grey area when it comes to sexual assault. It is an act of violence, plain and simple. And make no mistake; women can most assuredly become pregnant from it.
"Congressman Akin's comments are embarrassing for him and for Missouri. He represents our state on the House Science Committee, and yet, he believes that women can't get pregnant from rape? I find that appalling.
"Congresswoman Hartzler and I may not agree on much when it comes to policy, but surely on this issue we can set aside our differences and condemn Congressman Akin's comments and urge him to apologize to women everywhere for his outrageous and offensive remarks. If ever there was a time to transcend politics, this is it."