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Akin and His Critics

The greatest victims of the feminists' watering down of rape to "sex you regret" are the women who actually were raped. It becomes harder and harder to believe any claim of rape unless the woman immediately reports the crime to the police so that they can gather physical evidence of the attack. Though I have no clue why any sane woman wouldn't do just that.

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...