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