Report: Todd Akin had multiple arrests for anti-abortion protests

The Kansas City StarOctober 24, 2012 


U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) leaves a news conference in Chesterfield, Missouri, after he announced his plans to stay in the race for the U.S. Senate.

ROBERT COHEN — MCT/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

When Republican Todd Akin was in Kansas City on Sept. 28, he acknowledged he was arrested at an anti-abortion protest about 25 years ago.

What the candidate for the U.S. Senate did not say was that he was arrested at least three other times in the 1980s, apparently for the same thing.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that the three previously undisclosed arrests were all in 1985 and were for criminal trespass and resisting arrest at clinic protests in St. Louis and Illinois. In one of the arrests, the newspaper said, police had to carry Akin to an elevator because he refused to walk.

The newspaper said it discovered the additional arrests in its own archives, but they were in news reports under the name of William Akin. William is Akin’s first name, but he started using his middle name, Todd, when he entered the Missouri General Assembly in the late 1980s.

Akin’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment. The campaign of his opponent, Democrat Claire McCaskill, also declined comment.

In the Kansas City news conference, Akin declined to release details of his arrest, although he characterized the protest as “peaceful.” His campaign said more details would be forthcoming.

“Probably about 25 years ago or so I was involved in some peaceful protests,” he said that day. “As I’ve made very clear, I don’t apologize for being pro-life. I stand up for the things I believe in.”

Akin, 65, talked more about the incident in an Internet video that surfaced at that time.

“You know, don’t tell anybody I’m a jailbird,” he said. “A bunch of us sat in front of these doors and the police gave us a ride to the free hotel for a while, and you know how it goes.”

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