By Tom Quiner
If someone raped my wife, daughter, or sister, I’d want to kill him.
I wouldn’t, but that would surely be my first emotional response to such savagery.
If anyone I loved was violated by a rapist, I would wish evil upon the perpetrator.
I would not want to compound the crime by killing the baby thrust into this world by an act of violence. Some readers may object, because it was not my body that was violated nor my body that has to carry the child of my rapist for nine months.
I understand your objections. I totally get it. A number of factors have influenced my shift on this position over the years. I have heard women speak who were the product of rape. Their message is simple: I’m glad I am alive. I’m glad my birth mother let me live.
I met a woman who was raped. She spoke very openly at a pro life meeting I attended about her situation. She gave birth to a mulit-racial son, her rapist’s son, and is glad she did, even though parenting him hasn’t always been easy.
She told me that surveys of women who have been raped, and who give birth to their rapist’s child are always glad they let the child live, whether they kept it or adopted him/her out.
On the other hand, most women who abort their rapist’s child regret compounding violence with violence.
This leads to an extraordinary statement made by the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin:
“It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”
Mr. Akin’s comment is one of the nuttiest things I have heard in a long time, right up their with “I am the candidate of hope and change.”
He has to go.
If Republicans win the Senate, they can gut Obamacare through the budget reconciliation process. Mr. Akin is running against the most vulnerable candidate for Senate on the Democratic side of the aisle, Claire McCaskill.
Politically, he jeopardizes Republican’s chances to re-take the Senate and undo Obamacare.
But politics isn’t the worst part of this issue. His comment is a knife in the back to any woman who has been raped. Its utter insensitivity is a verbal act of violence against women who were raped and gave birth to their rapist’s child.
Mitt Romney expresses the view of Republicans everywhere with his reaction that Akin’s words were:
“… insulting, inexcusable and, frankly, wrong.”
Todd Akin has to go, and he has to go fast. The Republican power structure is leaning on him hard to withdraw from the campaign.
His words are a stain on the Republican Party, his apology notwithstanding.
Even worse, he is a stain on the noble pro life movement.