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Akin's Idiocy is Infectious

arpiem Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 10:50 AM
It's nice to see conservative pundits turning on Republicans while giving Democrats a pass on everything. by legitimate rape he meant when a woman gets pregnant by someone she's not married to and claims to have been raped. Yes, it happens. I think it's unfortunate that so many so-called Republicans think a baby's life isn't important if it was the result of rape or incest. It's strange that there's no stigma with unmarried women having babies (they're still b*stards), but a woman would be embarrassed to carry a rapist's baby, even though it wasn't her fault.
Kibitzer Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 10:56 AM
Raising and caring for a child represents a significant burden on the woman who was raped. Should she have to bear this burden by herself?
Exliberal Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 11:29 AM
The most logical thing is to PLACE THE CHILD FOR ADOPTION. I've worked with quite a few women who did.They universally expressed a sense of healing, i.e.,"The rapist didn't win. Life won.The baby has life, a family has the baby, I have my life back, and I did a good, brave thing." That said, if I had a young daughter who was raped, traumatized, and hysterical at the thought of carrying a child to term, I might be tampted to help her get an abortion. I pray I--we--wouldn't. I would be haunted the rest of my life, and so, I believe, would she. Morally, I believe the child has as much right to life as any other. Pragmatically, the abortion exception may save lives by getting more pro-life laws past. Politically, Akin blew it big time
Mother of 4 -- the original Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 12:00 PM
She needn't raise and care for the child. She can put it up for adoption.

But if she does choose to raise and care for the child the rapist's assets should all be confiscated and given to that child for its support.

Todd Akin's idiocy appears to be infectious.

The evil genius of the Missouri congressman's comments is that they lend themselves to such broad interpretations -- and misinterpretations.

By now his remarks are familiar, but just in case ...

Akin told a local TV interviewer: "First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare." He continued: "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

My own take is that there's a dual-core of asininity here. First, Akin's formulation makes it sound...