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'Legitimate rape' controversy draws eyes to 'SVU'

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Alicia M. Cohn

It didn't help former Rep. Todd Akin win his Missouri U.S. Senate bid, but talking about "legitimate rape" won "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" its highest overall audience share in nearly three months.

Those Nielsen numbers follow Wednesday night's episode, "Legitimate Rape," which featured a character identified as a congressman and former obstetrician who testified in a rape trial that "it's nearly impossible for victims of legitimate rape to become pregnant" because "the body has a mechanism for shutting down ovulation in response to stress."

That's nearly word for word what Akin said in August on a St. Louis TV station -- comments that started a nationwide controversy and were blamed for his loss in the race.

As Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democrat who beat Akin in Missouri's general election, tweeted, "Now this is surreal."

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