Letter to the Editor
Missouri Republican candidate for Senate Todd Akin has created an uproar when he said on Sunday, “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.”
Since then Akin has tried to backtrack from his statement but the position of this Republican is the same as most of the Republican Party is that women who get pregnant by rape should be forced by the government to bear the child of the rapist. Akin hasn’t backed down from that position, nor has Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s choice for Vice President.
Forcing women to bear the child of her rapist is fundamentally wrong. It creates a relationship between the woman and the rapist for the rest of her life. The rapist has parental rights and can sue for child visitation, have a say about the child’s upbringing and education. The rapist becomes part of the victims family. Just what America needs is more rapists making babies to become part of American society.
Todd Akin has exposed what this election is all about. It’s about family values. For Republicans it is the rights of the rapist that matter and the rights of women mean nothing at all. Akin is apologizing because he got caught saying what he really believes and he is not apologizing for his position requiring women to bear children for rapists. The Republican Party is upset with Akin not because he’s wrong, but because they don’t want attention brought on what they really believe. If you believe that women should be forced to have the rapist’s baby then the Republican Party is for you. Check the voting record and the position of your candidates when deciding who to vote for in this coming election.