**UPDATED**

TODD AKIN is staying in Missouri Senate race.

“We are going to continue with this race for the US Senate.” – Todd Akin on the Mike Huckabee radio show

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Just got off a call with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Nancy Keenan and others. They weren’t acting gleeful, but the GOP platform that codifies the Todd Akin-Paul Ryan no exception for abortion, not even for rape or incest, just strengthens the current narrative that Republicans don’t respect women and our right to self-determination. It was happening just as Akin said he was staying in.

The most insulting aspect of the language in the GOP platform is religious conservatives call it the “human life amendment,” excluding the woman from the human right to consider her own life first.  It’s such a stunning pronouncement that should send a clear message to everyone.

It’s a beautiful moment of serendipity that will aid Democrats until November, unless Romney can wrestle the narrative back to the economy, without stepping on his taxes.

“Today, Republican leaders passed the Akin amendment as part of their party platform, banning abortion for all women even in the case of rape. Several Romney supporters and advisers were present and stood silently while this vote took place. This should come as no surprise, as Mitt Romney supported this exact language in the 2004 and 2008 Republican platforms and Paul Ryan fought to ban abortion even in cases of rape. Women across this country should take note of the Republican Party’s position, and not trust any of the false promises made by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on the campaign trail.” ““Lis Smith, Obama-Biden campaign spokeswoman



 This post has been updated.