Todd Akin Was Arrested at Abortion Protests in the '80s

Arrested at least three times, but was never charged with a crime


Congressman Todd Akin was arrested at least three times in the 1980s during anti-abortion protests, not just the one time he has publicly acknowledged.

Akin's previously undisclosed arrests, in 1985, were for criminal trespass and resisting arrest at abortion clinic protests in St. Louis and Illinois.

Akin, a Republican who is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, boasted last month that he'd once been arrested at an anti-abortion demonstration years earlier. A long-time anti-abortion activist, he referenced the event as one he was proud of, but his campaign didn't provide additional details.