Akin's views on the options of a raped woman are what did him in. A man or a government telling a raped woman that she must bare the child of a rapist should be repugnant to any human who does not believe in oppressing the female gender. Yet that policy was effectively what was on the Republican platform, against abortion, with no exceptions mentioned. I think this is what lost the last presidential election. Republicans should simply take abortion off the platform since the true conservative position is small government and we don't need government agents in every hospital, checking out miscarriages, to see if manslaughter charges should be filed. Abortion should neither be supported or prevented by an interfering govt.