As Someone Born After Rape, I Say Todd Akin Shouldnât Step Aside
âTis the season to be wearing tread marks. Congressman Todd Akins has crawled out from under the bus, brushed himself off and is standing firm.
A few ill-chosen words expressing a more-common-than-acknowledged misunderstanding of a womanâs biological response to rape have caused him and those harmed by such a violent act, without pause, to be thrown under the bus.
And, quite frankly, Iâm glad such a pro-family, pro-life stalwart, despite a few bumps and lots of scrapes, is not quitting under pressure from hypocritical pro-abortion radicals and spineless Republicans.
Feigned outrage has a familiar sound: indignation, rhetorical distancing and repudiation. Itâs come from nearly every corner. But where was this righteous indignation when Joe Biden lied in Flint, Michigan, using rape as a fear appeal, claiming it would increase if the American Jobs Act were not passed?
What about Letterman joking about a NYC visit by Palin and her 14 year old daughter ending in the statutory rape of Willow by MLB celebrity Alex Rodriguez? Where was the condemnation of Whoopi Goldberg who, on The View, defended film director Roman Polanskiâs 1977 drugging and rape of a 13 year old as not ârape rapeâ?
ESPNâs âGridlockâ radio show hosts went unscathed as they laughed along with convicted rapist Mike Tysonâs racist, violent and misogynistic âWombshifterâ interview where he joked about Palin being hypothetically raped by Dennis Rodman (and other black men), âpushing her guts up in the back of her head.â
Or perhaps, itâs just funny when liberal comedians joke about rape: Rainn Wilson (Dwight from NBCâs âThe Officeâ), Sarah Silverman (who also recently joked about getting a âquickie aborshâ, a real knee-slapper), or most recently Daniel Tosh. Last month, Tosh began telling rape jokes to a not-so-thrilled crowd.
He responded to a female heckler telling her how funny it would be if âshe were raped by 5 guys right now.â Thereâs just something so hilarious about rape that these celebrities invoked no outrage from the âWar on Womenâ crowd.
Or perhaps, Politico, the online news source that (laughingly) claims
to bring balance to political news didnât infuriate the same anti-Akin
mob by inexplicably posting Playboyâs âTop 10 Conservative Women We Hate to Loveâ
(warning: extremely graphic and vulgar screenshot of repulsive
article). They didnât fire former CNN/Washington Post/Politico Columnist
Anne Schroeder Mullins for using Politico in a repugnant attack against
conservative women with the porn giantâs rape fantasy. She left a year
later to start a PR firm. Thereâs just so much irony in this
left-leaning news outletâs present article entitled, âAkinâs Comments âPositively Medievalâ?â.
As one born as a result of rape, I feel those who demanded that Congressman Akin step down allow the pro-abortion narrative to remainâŚthat those born of rape arenât deserving of life and that itâs somehow compassionate to push a woman, so horribly violated, toward abortion.
Despite the mediaâs predictable liberal advocacy of abortion (in all cases), whatâs missing is the intriguing real outcome of the horrific act of rape and pregnancy that may result. Why do 50% of women whoâve been so violated choose to carry to term? Why do nearly 6% place their child (yes, not the ârapistsâ childâ) for adoption? Why do many choose to parent?
This is something worth better understanding from those whoâve experienced this trauma. As always, mainstream media treats people groups as monolithic without ever bothering to discover what people actually believe or do. They instinctively and gleefully paint pro-life support of children born of rape as âextremeâ thereby attempting to silence any discussion.
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In our fast food, instantaneous, microwaved-solution prone society, itâs a promoted âgivenâ that abortion is the only response to rape. But statistics and real life show that it isnât, and many victimsâ testimonies explain why itâs not. Abortion is like a second rape. The woman is violated, part of her dies (emotionally, physically, spiritually), human life is unjustly harmed, and sheâs abandoned by the one inflicting the pain.
Iâm not here to demand âno exceptionsâ laws. Legislation, as vitally needed to protect all human life, doesnât speak to the heart. I hope my personal story simply shows that there is redemption beyond the pain, anger and confusion of the immediate moment. After years of speaking to hundreds of thousands across the country, Iâve heard many heart-wrenching personal stories of rape from actual victims. Some chose abortion, some expressed tearful regret, others chose adoption and some chose to parent. I was surprised, myself, that many felt that their child brought them healing.
This Akin controversy is less about some poorly chosen words in an expression for support for both mother and child and more about the inexcusable, yet exalted, pro-abortion position that âabortion rightsâ cannot be threatened. So, while liberals continually use the less than 1% (rape and incest) to justify the other 99%, some are too eager to allow the left to define while the GOP (in this case, the Grand Ole Placaters) reveals it often has no spine.
LifeNews Note: Ryan Bomberger is a LifeNews blogger and the president of the Radiance Foundation. His opinions are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of LifeNews.