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Akin and His Critics

Gilchrist Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 7:08 PM
The fetus of a woman who does not wish to be pregnant is NOT innocent. It is perfectly legitimate to use deadly force to repel an unwanted physical assault.

Todd Akin would do his party and his country a service by stepping aside. The rest of the campaign will be dominated by this side issue, possibly denying Republicans a key Senate seat. To use the words "legitimate" and "rape" in the same phrase betrays a serious lack of judgment. Only about 1 percent of women undergoing abortions report that they were raped, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. One percent is not zero.

That much having been said, I must offer a mild dissent to the widespread view expressed by both Republicans and Democrats that what...