Missouri Rep. Todd Akin endangered his Senate campaign this weekend after expressing doubt that "legitimate rape" leads to pregnancy. Earlier this month, in comments that received less attention, Akin told a talk radio host his position on abortion when the mother's life is in danger:
“What you want to do is optimize life. You try to save the mother’s life. You try to save the child. There's certain things like you get a tubal pregnancy where the child has absolutely no chance of surviving and then you do the best you can to save the mother's life. I think you optimize life is the way I would probably describe it.”
Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.