Todd Akin needs everyone’s (or at least Missouri’s) forgiveness for his terrible, unscientific comments about rape because he is not planning to heed the calls of GOP leaders and peers to drop out of his Senate race:
“The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy… The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.”
I don’t think anyone is going to believe this. Akin’s record of redefining rape extends beyond this event. If he wanted to make a believable apology, he should have said “I accept that I was wrong”, not “I misspoke”.