The controversial comments made by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) during last year's Missouri Senate election have been enshrined in popular culture. NBC's "Law and Order: SVU" is airing an episode Wednesday night entitled "Legitimate Rape."

In a preview for the episode, a middle-aged white man wearing a flag pin testifies that "it's nearly impossible for a victim of legitimate rape to become pregnant" -- an echo of Akin's claim that "if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."