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
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.
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