California state Sen. Doug La Malfa (R-Richvale)

During a debate Monday against his Democratic opponent for California's 1st Congressional District seat, La Malfa said that women who have abortions increase their risk of cancer. After a TV station questioned his assertion, he issued a release the following day acknowledging that he was misinformed. This gaffe is more forgivable than Akin's because researchers in the past have suggested a link between breast cancer and abortion -- they just haven't proved it. Both the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute say there's no scientific evidence of a connection.

Above: La Malfa, left, says goodbye to fellow GOP Sen. Mark Wyland of Solana Beach after the Senate adjourned, ending the Legislative session on Sept. 1.

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