Kirk Cameron Defends Todd Akin After 'Legitimate Rape' Statement

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Kirk Cameron speaks at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., February 9, 2012 -- Getty Images
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Kirk Cameron speaks at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., February 9, 2012 -- Getty Images

Kirk Cameron is no stranger to media firestorms and now he's chiming in on Missouri Representative Todd Akin's comments about rape.

On Tuesday, the former "Growing Pains" star, who created his own stir earlier this year by calling homosexuality "unnatural," came to the defense of Representative Akin.

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"I watched through the whole thing last night and he clearly is a pro-life advocate and for that I respect him," Kirk told CNN on Tuesday, referring to Akin's TV interview with St. Louis' KTVI where, while commenting on rape and abortion, the politician said, "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down."

Akin has since said he misspoke, and Cameron suggested the public should not judge the U.S. Senate candidate by one interview.

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"He said that he misspoke and that he mis-phrased something and he apologized and I'm the kind of person that believes that, I would like to be evaluated by my entire career and my entire life, not two words that I would misspeak and then later apologize for, so he's in a tough spot," Cameron said.

Back in March, Cameron's own comments prompted headlines when he appeared on "Piers Morgan Tonight" and shared his personal views on homosexuality.

"I think that's it's unnatural, I think that it's detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," Cameron said of homosexuality, at the time.

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