A Rape Resulting in a Pregnancy Is Not a Blessing

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take rape seriouslyAs if Rep. Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment wasn't horrifying enough: Today, Missouri GOP Committeewoman Sharon Barnes added insult to injury by not only agreeing with Akin's unfounded belief that "very few" rapes result in pregnancy, but by further elaborating: "At that point, if God has chosen to bless this person with a life, you don't kill it. That's more what I believe he [Rep. Akin] was trying to state. He just phrased it badly."

Oh, is that all he was trying to state? That rape is a blessing? Oh, well. Pffft. What a silly misunderstanding. Now if you'll please excuse me, I need to go bang my head against the wall repeatedly. Akin's mind-boggling ignorance is scary, but Barnes' recklessness is almost scarier. Did she stop to consider what sort of message she might be sending? To equate a sick and violent crime with an act of god?

The stigma surrounding rape is already outrageous -- incomprehensibly so. It's 2012, and our society is still making excuses?! And I thought it couldn't get any worse than that whole GOP "re-defining rape" fiasco from last year. (Brilliantly blasted by Kristin Schaal on The Daily Show: "You'd be surprised how many drugged, underaged, and/or mentally handicapped women have been gaming the system!")

But I'm afraid it is getting worse. Way to justify the actions of sex offenders everywhere, Ms. Barnes! Will they be allowed to use the "mission from god" defense in court, I wonder?

I would say that Barnes should make a public apology, but if Akin's pathetic mea culpa is any indication, I think the GOP might be re-defining "apology" too.

What do you think Sharon Barnes was trying to say?

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fleur... fleurdelys3110

Both of these people make me disgusted to identify with the Republican party. Oh, how I wish this country had more characteristics of the multi party system, so more people's views could be more accurately represented in government. It's a shame that there isn't a mainstream party combining the fiscal ideals of the Republicans and the social ideals of a Democrat.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

Btw, excellent and straightforward title.

nonmember avatar Smart mom

She was trying to say that the life that was formed by an evil act isn't an evil child! Are you that stupid that you can't figure that out? It is an innocent life.

nonmember avatar LizzieBorden

This is why chalking up complicated multifaceted issues to 'god' is wrong, it's too simplistic and lacks logic. I liked reading Mike Huckabee's point of view on the wonderful results of rape pregnancies, he really knows how to turn lemons into lemonade...just add a conservative amount of sugar and some biblical delusion and voila!

nonmember avatar Guest

I think both Ms. Barnes and Mr. Akin are trying to say, awkwardly and inadequately, that they believe in the sanctity of life, no matter how tragically it may have been created. I don't think either person is trying to downplay the violence of rape. I agree that Mr. Akin's quote was stupid, and it will be used aginst him in every way possible, but I truly think he misspoke.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

I absolutely agree with the first comment. 

nonmember avatar Adam

He never said rape was a blessing. You said that. He said that the life created is a blessing, and he is right. It may not be a blessing to the victim of the rape, but it could be a blessing to a couple looking to adopt a child. You are defeating your own purpose by being so hasty to deal out judgement and condemnation by twisting his words to suit your agenda.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

That attitude...i just don't understand it. A child is a blessing if you want to have a child to raise, to nurture, to care for. But if you do not want to have a child, and the last thing a rape victim wants is to have her rapist's baby, then it is not a blessing.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

And i thoroughly agree with the first commenter, there doesn't seem to be and sort of compromise there, and both parties could contribute some really great ideas!

tnyangel tnyangel

The good Rep is trying to say that she is voting what her CHURCH tells her to, and her church tells her abortion is wrong under any circumstance.

Absolutely agree with first comment. I've said so many times, as a Republican, a fiscal conservative, I'm ashamed of the social ideals of my party.

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