Male politicians should avoid rape discussions
Politicians – especially men – need to stop speaking as though they are the utmost authority regarding women who are impregnated as a result of rape.
Pro-life or pro-choice, it is horribly unfair for any person, especially a man, to suggest pregnancy via rape is a personal choice or, furthermore, a gift from God.
In August, Missouri Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin stunned people from all political parties when he suggested that it is “really rare” that victims of “legitimate rape” get pregnant.
“From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” he said during an interview with KTVI-TV. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
He added that if the woman does become pregnant, “the punishment ought to be on the rapist.” Akin later said in a press release that he “misspoke,” not accurately reflecting the “deep empathy” he has for victims of rape, as well as the disdain he feels for sexual offenders.
Now, on Tuesday, Richard Mourdock, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Indiana, said in a debate that “even when life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.”
Mourdock soon issued a statement after the debate that said: “God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that He does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick.”
Thank goodness for press releases, or we might not have understood exactly what Akin and Mourdock believe, or what they were trying to say.
Rape victims, and fetuses or children conceived during a sexual assault, are completely innocent victims subjected to unimaginable horror by sick individuals. Many of us do believe that God creates all lives but that belief is seldom comforting to someone who was raped. Unless a female has been raped or, furthermore, become pregnant because of a rape, she cannot imagine the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual torment that is endured both during and after the assault. A man cannot become pregnant, so how could he understand what a pregnant female victim endures?
The point of this discussion is not to take sides on any pro-life or pro-choice matter or even to protest the belief that God is the creator of life.
The point is that male politicians are completely incapable of understanding a female rape victim’s heart and mind and should consider shutting their mouths on the matter.
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