Let me begin by saying that Todd Akin has acted like a total tool recently. First he made a completely asinine comment about the female body and ‘legitimate rape.’ Then he made it worse by refusing to drop out of the Senate race in Missouri against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.
Akin needed to take one for the team and step down, in order to avoid painting all Republicans with the out-of-touch, we-don’t-care-about-rape-victims brush. Even though most of us (including our presidential candidate Mitt Romney!) have firmly stated our opposition to his insensitive, science-bending comment, there are those that don’t take us seriously.
Listen up, one and all: Todd Akin does not speak for my party or my gender on this matter. No, I don’t believe that women’s bodies have the ability to recognize that sperm from rape is different from sperm from lovemaking. I certainly don’t think that women that get pregnant after a rape deserved to be marginalized to the point of being accused by the likes of Akin saying that ‘legitimate’ rapes don’t result in pregnancy.
I have long been an advocate for the unborn, and I believe that the choice in regard to our bodies comes before conception, when a woman decides whether or not to have sex. I have neither stated nor ever believed that women should be denied access to health care, birth control, or prenatal care. I believe that women should decide for themselves when and how to become sexually active, and I believe we are strong enough to live through any consequences that occur from that decision.
Rape is different. Rape takes away the choice; it forces the victim into a nightmarish situation that will change the course of her life, regardless of whether or not a pregnancy occurs. I can’t begin to fathom what a women goes through finding out she’s carrying her rapist’s child, so I’m not even going to try, let alone make any blanket statements as to how she should handle it.
What I can talk about is Todd Akin, and how he completely and totally blew it. He lost the election with his comment, and he lost his opportunity to show some real remorse when he refused to step down. He damaged his own career and public image, but he did not damage the party. Of course there will be fringe people that will still support him, but the rest of us will move on to other winnable Senate seats, not to mention support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Now can we please talk about the sixteen trillion dollars of debt we’re going to have to figure out how to pay back?