I guess I’ve conspicuously avoided this topic for the past few days. I’ve realized that I’m not giving the readership a chance to hash it out with their friends here and offer their opinions before Akin makes his decision to stay or go.
So far the only high profile apologist for Akin has been Dana Loesch, who is from Akin’s Missouri, who says that the outrage over Akin’s remarks is manufactured and the right is following the left’s lead.
The term “legitimate rape” is not at all offensive when looked at through the prism of the pro life/pro abortion debate. I believe Akin was distinguishing between rape and false claims of rape, and not at all trying to create levels of rape, like Whoopi Goldberg did when she defended rapist Roman Polanski, characterizing his crime as “not rape rape.”
As far as the science of pregnancy, there is little statistical difference between one act of unprotected consensual sex and one of rape, and the theory Akin apologists are floating, that the stress of the rape produces something in the women’s body that will act as nature’s prophylactic, is asshattery.
Akin is against the morning after pill, even for victims of rape. Uh huh. My bride gets raped and at the hospital we’re informed that there is a pill that will prevent the conception. Akin steps in and says, “no, you must do nothing to prevent this rapist’s child from entering this world, and your wife must be that vessel.”
That’s when I get in my time machine and I give Akin’s mother the pill.