Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

Todd Akin – A Contrarian’s Perspective

In Opinion on August 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Without expressing a view, pro-choice/life/abortion, I’d like to suggest a few people, particularly some outspoken GOP consultants, reconsider their outrage over Todd Akin’s recent kerfuffle.

Congressman Akin made a passing reference to some discredited and outdated research about rape and pregnancy.  He later retracted that part of his comment and disavowed its conclusions.  More importantly, that passing comment is completely irrelevant to his (and the party’s) position on abortion funding [remember, federal money for abortions was/is/should be the topic, not rape].  He and many others in the GOP favor NO EXCEPTIONS to laws that keep federal government money out of the pockets of abortion providers, even in cases involving rape.  So whether or not a pregnancy is the result of a rape (forcible or otherwise) that was proven (“legitimate”) is not germane to his (and the party’s) position.  There is no need to ‘redefine’ rape – the GOP’s stated position is that rape is not pertinent to whether the fetus should be aborted with tax payer dollars.

The Democrat’s misconstruing the congressman’s statement has us talking about rape (as if there is any disagreement about rape laws) instead of the question of federal funding for abortion – an issue about which the GOP is in agreement with about 90% of the country.

“You can’t punish the baby, you must punish the rapist” is the operative part of Congressman Akin’s statement, yet no one is mentioning that point.  Too bad, since the left has no rational response to that position and we could be winning the debate instead of forfeiting.

This is a farce foisted upon the voters by the Democrats.  It is part of their attempt to paint the GOP as woman-haters, and the GOP is falling into the trap.  It’s gender-baiting, it’s divisive, a distraction and coarsens the public discourse by introducing [feigned] outrage when it’s inappropriate and unhelpful.

And the GOP’s effort to throw Akin to the wolves is to fall into the trap and perpetuates the lies being told daily by the left.  As if GOP consultants think that waving a white flag will make the Democrats start telling the truth.

That’s the scandal.  The Romney/Ryan team could have exposed the extreme pro-abortion, pro-killing, anti-life agenda of the left.  Instead we have our candidates taking turns excoriating one of our own.  Good work, Karl Rove.   Now, go away and please don’t tell us that Mr. Akin’s drop in the polls proves you were right.  Had the party and Romney/Ryan supported Mr. Akin, he’d be up 20 points.  His party’s abandoning him, not his statement, is the explanation for his drop in the polls.

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