By Allison Brennan, CNN
(CNN) - Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin apologized this week for asserting that women could prevent conception in cases of “legitimate rape,” including in a TV ad titled “forgiveness.”
There’s a long tradition of politicians giving public apologies, though those acts of contrition usually come after revelations about sexual improprieties.
Here’s a list of seven high-profile political apologies, which often draw on a religious lexicon. Which other apologies should we add?
By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor
(CNN) – Both Todd Akin’s claim that women’s bodies can prevent conception in cases of “legitimate rape” and the GOP’s newly-adopted platform language calling for a constitutional ban on abortion have provoked controversy for largely the same reason: They showcase the belief that all abortions should be illegal, without exception.
But even as Democrats and abortion rights groups use the controversies to reinforce allegations of a Republican-led “war on women,” don’t expect the anti-abortion movement to back away from calls for all abortions to be illegal - even for women impregnated by rape or incest.
“Philosophically, the consensus is very clearly that life is life and that it should be not be taken and that abortion is not a compassionate response to something terrible, even like rape,” said Marvin Olasky, the editor in chief of World magazine, an influential evangelical publication.
By Arielle Hawkins, CNN
Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.
From the Blog:
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For many voters, getting to know Mitt Romney as a candidate also means sorting out facts from fiction about Mormonism. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.
CNN: Ryan faces split among fellow Catholics
Lisa Sylvester reports on the split support for Paul Ryan among his fellow Catholics, including some activist nuns.
The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.