Monday, August 27, 2012

Abortive Thoughts . . . Or Ones That Should Be

Missouri U.S. Congressman and current U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin has provided what his fellow Christians call a “double blessing” to the Social Democrats. Recent comments he made about abortion have not only cost him a comfortable lead in his race against incumbent Claire McCaskill, but also have provided ammunition to the Obama campaign to shift the campaign conversation from Obama's ineptitude regarding the economy to the Republican War on Women.

In a interview last week on KTVI, Akin answered questions soliciting him to expand on his pro-life stance. He implied that he opposed abortion even in cases of rape, and then tossed in this medical assessment:

If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”

This is not the first time he attempted to buttress a moral argument with science. In an August 8 interview on KCMO radio, he expressed his opposition to the so-called “morning after pill.”

As far as I am concerned, the morning after bill is a form of abortion and I think we just shouldn't have abortion in this country.”

Akin's political advisers definitely should have applied a little dilation and evacuation immediately after the conception of these thoughts. Instead, they allowed Akin to give birth to some deformed ideas that have no viability outside of his own mind.

Regarding the August 8 claim about the “morning-after pill, he is flat wrong. He apparently confused it with the abortion pill.

Regarding the most recent and more publicized claim, Akin at least had some scientific basis. A medical doctor made such claims in the early 1970s. The claims have been discredited. Akin subsequently admitted his error. In addition, he had to clarify that his expression “legitimate” rape referred to “forcible” rape.

The consequences?

First, Akin lost his ten point lead over Senator McCaskill. Now the race is a dead heat; some polls even put Akin behind. This has led to another sideshow as various Republicans called on him to withdraw from the race and National Senatorial Campaign Committee withdrew its financial support.

Second, Akin gave the Obama campaign and its supporters in the liberal mainstream media the issue it needed to change the election coverage. While mocking Akin for his ignorance, the New York Times, ABC News, and other “news” outlets quickly began exploiting Akin's “forcible” rape comments. They linked Akin to Paul Ryan for their support of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. (This is the annual renewal of the old Hyde Amendment.) Several media reports identified Akin and Ryan as “co-sponsors.” I guess they were in the manner of newspeak. They were among dozens of co-sponsors, including some Social Democrats. Once it made this connection, the media turned to controversies about language proposed—but rejected—in that bill. When Republicans added the phrase “forcible” rape to the language of the bill, they were accused of changing the definition of rape.

Not really. Everyone knows the difference between “forcible” rape and “statutory” rape. Everyone, that is, except supporters of abortion rights and their enablers in the mainstream media. They used Akin's comments to resurrect the controversy about how to define rape to tar the Republican vice-presidential candidate.

Moreover, the mainstream press never explores then Illinois State Senator Obama's  “present” on legislation to ban partial birth abortion and to protect the lives of babies born alive during botched abortion procedures. That is as “out of the mainstream” as Akin's positions.

That's why NARAL and Planned Parenthood consistently give Obama a 100% on their scorecards regarding his support for abortion rights.


CW said...

Good post, V.L.

I wrote on this topic recently to make the point that if Akin stays in the race he needs to turn the tables on Obama et al by putting the spotlight on their views, like those you discuss here. The MSM isn’t going to do it. Akin needs to do it. I think he could turn things back around if he would go on offense but I doubt that he will.


RightDetour said...

Thank you.

You are on the money.

Akin should acknowledge the religious basis of his beliefs, admit that they may not fit with what is called "mainstream" opinion, and call out the media on how they ignore Obama's extremist views on abortion. He should ask, When will the media quiz Obama on his support of partial birth abortion and infanticide.