Earlier this month Missouri had its senatorial primary. Out of the blue, Todd Akin, a Congressman, won the primary, shocking a lot of people.
Until today, he was considered a pretty good bet to beat Clair McCaskill and take a Democrat senate seat and turn it red.
He was a pretty good bet, until he opened his mouth.
Republican Congressman Todd Akin, currently the GOP nominee running for Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his absolute opposition to abortion (no exceptions for rape) by claiming that the victims of “legitimate rape” have biological mechanisms in place to reject and prevent pregnancy.
“If an abortion can be considered in the case of a tubal pregnancy [where the mother's life is threatened],” said host Charles Jaco, “what about in the case of rape? Should it be legal or not?”
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said about pregnancy from rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin continued on to suggest that when those protections fail, abortion shouldn’t be an available course of action for the victim.
“Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something,” he said. “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
First, let’s give Akin the benefit of the doubt. He was speaking off the cuff, isn’t a doctor and sometimes we all say things that don’t come out right.
Akin’s point was that pregnancy resulting from rape is fairly rare. That point is right. I worked as a prosecutor for ten years and handled rape cases. I cannot recall any of them that I was involved in or even heard about that resulted in pregnancy. That isn’t to say it doesn’t happen, only that it is rare.
Unfortunately Akin cannot walk those words back. It does not matter what he says now, that interview is out there and it is a gold mine to not only Claire McCaskill, but the left wing media that will destroy Akin over this. Almost every woman, left, right and independent will be offended by this statement.
Akin wants to be the next Senator from Missouri but at this point, it is not going to happen.
Akin should do the right thing and step down.
The Republican Party has a great candidate in Sarah Steelman. She is the only one of the former candidates in the primary that can undo this kind of damage. John Brunner was the other candidate in the primary but even he would have to deal with the aftermath of what Akin said.
If Akin steps down and Steelman is selected to run in his place, this issue dies quickly and the focus returns to how unpopular Barack Obama is and how Claire McCaskill charged the taxpayers for the use of her own private plane and not paying the taxes she owed on the plane.
The Republicans in Missouri need to act quickly, while they still can.
Maybe he believes life begins at conception and is willing to stand on his beliefs. Is that not what a man does? I say he should break out the abortion pictures and let it stand at that.
It's funny that the data seems to back up the apparently absurd statement. Perhaps the catecholamines and the stress response preventing more fertilizations and implantations are really creations of God at work here. To call for an immediate stepping down when he may actually be right sounds premature.
Yep, facts stand in the way of feelings most of the time. Murder is murder not matter how you justify it.
Mr. Angle, you are absolutely correct. A man of integrity does not lie or bow to popular ignorance even when he is likely to be misunderstood. We live in a time when voices in harmony with Judson's demand that political correctness trump fact. Mr. Akin seems to be in possession of empirical data that Judson and many others have not bothered to acquire even when, by Judson's account, his experience accords with it. Judson might find he has more in common with John Boehner than with Todd Akin.
The man is a MORON. This is typical among religious zealots from every religion. Anyone who agrees with him is a moron too. There is a HUGE difference between standing on beliefs and spitting in the face of clear logic.
Abortion is wrong in my opinion, but it is a personal issue, not an issue that requires government FORCE. Let God judge, IF He cares.
God does care about the murder of innocent babies and he will judge one day.
13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[a] Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
You have no idea what God cares about, nor do I.
Read the Bible and it tells you. He also want me to tell you this.
John 3:16 - 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The Bible does not say whether or not God cares about unborn children, nor does any evidence support that God cares about starving and suffering children on this earth. The Lord works in mysterious ways, as they say. Neither you nor I are capable of understanding what God cares about.
The Bible was also not written by God, in case you don't know this. Look up the history of the Bible someday. God did give you a brain, so my advice is that you use it to question those who tell you what to believe.
Believe what you want Steve. But to say that what is written in the Holy Bible is not the inspired word of God is blasphemy.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Steve, quick question. Are you saved?
And you may believe what you want as well. I believe what you wrote above is utter nonsense. You call it blasphemy. I call it common sense.
Try questioning that statement about the Bible and think about why it was included. The Bible is not a magic book.
You did not answer my question Steve.