Punish WHO, Todd Akin?
The Kansas City Star
Todd Akin, the man who wants to be Missouri’s next senator, exposed the depths of his ignorance and lack of compassion by saying, “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” And I wonder what doctors he’s been talking to — or imagining.
He then tried to rectify his statement by saying, “but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.” Gee, let’s not attack the “child” by using the morning after pill. Let’s protect the tiny dot of unformed, unthinking, unfeeling cells with no consciousness whatsoever, but punish the thinking, feeling violated, traumatized rape victim by forcing her to a nine month sentence of pregnancy followed by a lifetime of wondering and worrying about this child she was forced to carry.
Obviously Mr. Akin has never been pregnant. By forcing a woman to carry the child of the monster who raped her, she will have most or all of the usual effects of pregnancy: morning sickness; bloating weight gain; having to buy a whole new set of clothes (not fun when it’s maternity wear); peeing every time the baby kicks the bladder, etc., etc. etc. These symptoms are distinctly unpleasant for women wanting the baby. Imagine being reminded of your rape forcefully every morning as you barf your guts out.
And, if she has the baby, she’ll be sentenced to a lifetime of worry. If she keeps the child, I’d be willing to bet she’d get no child support payments from the father. If she gives the child up for adoption, she’ll always wonder if the child will grow up to be a monster like his/her father? Of course, she’ll wonder that even if she keeps the child.
So, Mr. Akin (I don’t use the honorific Representative because, a) he certainly doesn’t represent me and b) he deserves no honor) Let’s save that blastocyst, by all means. Let’s just sentence the rape victim for the rest of her life.