David_K 1 year, 7 months ago on Akin defies GOP leaders

The idea that Todd Akin's remark is simply a "mistake" he made in the words he said, not in the heart he holds, is outrageous, since he already co-sponsored the "Protect Life Act" (H.R.358.IH) and "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" (H.R.3.IH) with Paul Ryan and many others. These bills clearly say abortions cannot be funded with taxpayer money except in cases of "forcible rape." As if rape is ever non-forcible. Todd Akin's record on abortion and the definition of rape goes back far enough that you can be positive he meant what he said very strongly. And now, like a spineless, lily-livered coward, he is running from his words in the hope of keeping his power.

Akin's problem isn't that he said something wrong. It's that he said something Republicans in government think is right. Most just know not to say it out loud. Anybody who follows the news knows Akin wasn't referring to the rapist when he said "legitimate rape." He was obviously referring to the victim, and strongly implying that women generally lie about being raped. And that's worse, because it denies that most rapes occur at all.

In addition to being callous towards women, Akin possesses a pathetic (and dangerous, considering his position in power) understanding of biology. As an aside, this makes it even more obvious that we desperately need science taught in our public schools, and that religious education ought to be kept where it belongs: in religious institutions. Otherwise we end up with ignorant people making mis-informed decisions that can ruin people's lives.

Frankly, Todd Akin is an embarrassment to the great state of Missouri, to the South, to politicians, to the Republican Party, to all men, and to this county. But it's not just him that needs to retreat to private life and give better people a chance to govern this county. It's the Republican party that needs to officially rid itself of the ideology that there can be no exceptions to their anti-abortion stance. Todd Akin is a symptom of a much larger problem with the GOP itself.

As Todd Akin's statement was way more than just a "mistake," the Republican Party has way more people than just Todd Akin attempting to end women's access to abortions and belittle women. The Republican Party platform even makes no exception for abortions in the case of rape, and has been that way for decades. I dislike using the term "war" on women, because I think using the term "war" should be restricted to describing actual war. But I totally understand the sentiment when people say the GOP is waging a "war on women." Want this to change? Todd Akin: get out of the Senate race, out of Congress, and out of public life entirely. The Republican Party: stop trying to take away a women's right to have an abortion, and stop belittling women. Instead, do something good for this country, the way you once used to, over 100 years ago.