Marybeth Hicks

This is a really difficult position to explain, and because it makes pro-lifers seem extreme, it’s expected that a pro-life politician will be questioned about it. Thus, Mr. Akin should have had a ready answer that was neither inflammatory nor unexpected.

Having served since 2001 in the House of Representatives, Mr. Akin cannot be excused for making a rookie mistake. He should have known better. Though he has apologized and even quickly produced an apology commercial, it’s clear his candidacy now hurts the Republican Party and the pro-life cause he has worked to advance.

So here’s the question: Will Todd Akin turn out to be a selfless statesman who seeks to promote conservative, pro-life ideals, or will he be just another professional politician so addicted to the perks and power of a Washington, D.C., office that he’ll reject the pleas of people across the nation to exit the race and support an alternative candidate who can win?

You don’t even have to be a cynic to know how this one turns out.

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).