Who Thinks to Put the Words “Legitimate” and “Rape” Together?

What is it with the extremist element in Republican politics that just can’t express any empathy for women who have been raped?

Rep. Todd Akin from Missouri.  Just another religious zealot who can’t understand why women don’t want to carry their rapist’s child for 9 months?

Back in January, 2010, when Sharron Angle was running against Harry Reid in Nevada she was asked if there was any reason for abortion, including rape and incest.  “No”, was her reply.   She replied that as a Christian she believed “that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.”

Ouch!  Who would have thought God had a plan for rape as a part of unwanted pregnancies.

But two years later in January of this year, then candidate for the GOP Presidential  nomination, Rick Santorum, expounded on this notion.   In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Santorum said that “I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you.”  

Wow!  Women who hope to have a child someday through the biblical-sanctioned practice of a loving marriage must not reject God’s preference for birth through rape?  Lest you think this may be too far fetched, check out what a member of the Missouri state Republican central committee said in this regard. (see below)

You begin to get the sense that the zealots who oppose abortion feel that pregnancy by rape is none-the-less legitimate in the eye’s of God simply because a life has been generated.  In their view, God is the creator of all life, ergo, rape serves a “plan and a purpose”  albeit “in a very broken way” for creating life.

So the next logical step in this sociopathic mindset is to see rape in some “legitimate” terms?

Missouri Republican Senate nominee Rep. Todd Akin was answering a question regarding his position on abortion rights in instances when a woman is a victim of rape and seems to have carried the utter unconcern for the woman to a preposterous conclusion.

“People always want to make it into one of those things — well, how do you slice this particularly tough ethical question,” Akin said in an interview on KTVI-TV, video of which was circulated by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. 

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said. 

Regarding his opinion on whether to allow for an abortion in such instances, Akin added: “But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”   SOURCE 


When you watch the video on this one you can almost visually see Rep. Akin resisting his body’s attempt to tie itself in knots.

Here’s what Sharon Barnes, a member of the Missouri state Republican central committee, said regarding Mr. Akin’s statement that very few rapes resulted in pregnancy.

“at that point [after being raped], if God has chosen to bless this person with a life, you don’t kill it.  That’s more what I believe he was trying to state,” Ms. Barnes said. “He just phrased it badly.”   SOURCE

Hey Missouri!  Better check the water source you’re drinking from.  As the “Show Me” state can you show the rest of the nation why you would “legitimately” consider this man as a serious candidate to represent you in the U.S. Senate?   Here’s hoping you show him a one-way ticket back to his private life that hopefully doesn’t consist of making decisions for women.

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11 responses to “Who Thinks to Put the Words “Legitimate” and “Rape” Together?

  1. Gaff after gaff……how about those freshman GOPers that go to Israel get drunk and skinny dip in the sea of Galilee? Every time I hear one of these people I think of J.S. Mill….”I am not saying conservs are stupid just that most stupid people are conserv…..”

    • Stupid does seem like the likely possibility here Dr. Chuq but I think these people are just chained to a very shallow ideology and are incapable of expanding beyond that at any reasonable level. Everything revolves around their ideology and has to fit it or it simply doesn’t exist for them.

      Funny too. These are the people who shriek the loudest about loss of personal freedom but are caged in their own fantasy world.

  2. Yeah I was gonna write about stupid akin but after the 356th news report on it….well, I figured I was not going to be giving any new news! lol…The important point is of course, is that Akin may be an idiot, but the POLICY he endorses is the same one Ryan endorses and no doubt Willard. And that is important.

  3. I am deeply chocked by Akin.This man should not be electable for senate and the point that he is,is a shame on America.

    • Perhaps Hans. I however see him more of what seems to be getting popular with conservatives today – a rigid ideologue who cannot separate himself from his hard-care views. Views that are not in tune with reality today.

  4. I have heard various animals and insects are creeping in to the Midwest from the South. In the past few years, their crazy political views are too. I have the joy to live in Missouri with the Kansas state line a mile away. Between Yoder and Aiken, you have to shake your head. I can tell you, I know many good decent people, seniors, who will vote Republican no matter how that party is not in their best interests. I do not get it.

    • ” I know many good decent people, seniors, who will vote Republican no matter how that party is not in their best interests. I do not get it.”

      Ignorance and fear Mary. Ignorance and fear.

      At least you don’t live in a solid red state like Texas. :-)

  5. Wow. Mrs. Barnes’ “explanation” wasn’t any better.

    I never understood how people would expect a woman to carry their rapist’s spawn to term. Let’s just traumatize her twice. Ugh. :mad:

  6. Clearly the underlying thinking is that if a woman gets pregnant than she either consented or at the very least must have enjoyed it. That way one can dismiss the ethical conundrum of having to deal with forcing a woman to come to term with a rape-pregnancy. He believes that. By changing it to “forcible rape” he’s actually showing more disrespect to women by essentially saying “if you’re pregnant, hey admit it, you liked it!” And if you’re a male who is anti-abortion, it’s a very convenient belief to have. Tie this to the GOP platform this year, and it really is depressing how much ignorance is coming to the head of a party that making no room for moderates. Pro-choice, pro-Planned Parenthood Senator Olympia Snowe is not running for re-election in my state – and I wonder if Susan Collins is going to be targeted by the far right.

    • “And if you’re a male who is anti-abortion, it’s a very convenient belief to have.”

      It’s amazing how men like Akin can say such things without fully realizing that this can happen to their wives or daughters. Would they really impose this cruelty on them to satisfy some obscure notion about what would please God?

      No man who hasn’t suffered the trauma of rape should have anything to say about the right to an abortion in such cases, IMO.

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