I think that it is wrong to say that Rep. Akin just made up the is comments. In fact in a strict sense of probabilities he is correct. The trauma of a brutal rape will likely reduce the likelihood of pregnancy. This issue is really one of political skill and in this incident Rep. Akin fell short. He should have focused on the innocent baby. To go in the area he ventured is dangerous and foolish. The issue is where we go from here. I agree that it would been best if Mr. Akin had listened to the calls for him to withdraw from the race but at this point he has missed the deadline. While he could sue to get off the ballot there is no sign that he will do so. Given this I suggest we quit beating ourselves and support him!
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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