Aug. 24 - Following controversial comments about rape by one U.S. Republican, women's rights have shot to the top of the political agenda. Andrew Raven reports.
All eyes will be on Mitt Romney this week during the Republican National Convention. But his party is on the defensive following controversial comments about rape and abortions by one its members - Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin. People here in Tampa Bay, which will host the convention, say the firestorm it's raised could burn the Republicans. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPIRO MAROUSIS, SAYING: "I think the Republicans are going to have a tough time because they seem to be flip-flopping on a lot of the things that are going to matter." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALMETHIA BROWN, SAYING: "When it comes to rape and all these different situations, it should be upon the woman, not the government." Last week, Akin said a woman's body can fend off pregnancy in cases of he called "legitimate rape." While Romney has condemned the comments, they have given Democrats fodder for attacks ads, like this one. The Republican convention kicks off Monday.