I don't disagree with your premise, but using a rapist in an argument for the death penalty is fatally flawed in that there is no that I am aware of that allows the death penalty for rape. It is reserved for first degree (premeditated) murder, under the sound moral principle that once someone has made the willful decision to deprive another of life they forgo their right to live. It doesn't apply to unintended or accidental murder (i.e. manslaughter). Applying it in the context of rape (while on its face a compelling contrast in positions), is ultimately self-defeating for this reason.
Todd Akin’s grossly irresponsible remarks about “legitimate rape” and conception have received much media attention. As well they should. The sheer weirdness of the remarks calls into question both his intelligence and his personal integrity. How could someone conclude logically that a rape victim’s body has the capacity to prevent conception in the wake of sexual assault? And why would someone assert that the conclusion had been supported by doctors with whom he had spoken? Clearly, Akin contrived the idea on the spot and then contrived the claim that there were doctors who had informed and/or supported his assertion. All of...
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