In fact, according to Willke, the inventer of the raped-women-don't-get-pregnant thesis, the two are close:

Dr Willke told The Daily Telegraph that he did meet Mr Romney during a presidential primary campaign stop in the doctor's home city of Cincinnati, Ohio, in October last year. Local news reports at the time noted that the candidate held "private meetings" during the visit.

"He told me ‘thank you for your support – we agree on almost everything, and if I am elected President I will make some major pro-life pronouncements’," Dr Willke said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. "I thanked him, and said I knew where he was – that he was 99 per cent of what we wanted," he said of the roughly ten-minute meeting. "I told him I would help in any way I could". A spokesman for Mr Romney declined to comment.

Someone needs to ask the Romney campaign whether they stand by their embrace of the man Todd Akin is being ostracized for.