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On Akin, ‘Legitimate’ Rape, Pregnancy and Abortion Exceptions

Missouri Republican and candidate for the US Senate Todd Akin opened his mouth, inserted his foot and has painfully watched as Democrats and Republicans alike pointed, laughed, ridiculed and castrated the pro-life Christian.

Of course the left wants tar and feather the entire Republican Party with this no matter how much the GOP fellows join in the ritualistic destruction of one of their own.

Akin said:

“It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.

First, the word legitimate was not what he intended to use. I’m not defending him here, but he was attempting to differentiate consensual sex that is later called “rape” by the woman for various reasons – usually stemming from an unwanted pregnancy. It is easier to claim rape than take responsibility. And if the abortion rules prohibit terminating a pregnancy outside of rape, incest or life of the mother, then it would be foolish to believe every claim of rape used to obtain an otherwise prohibited abortion is actually a case of rape.

Obviously, if there was a police report filed after the event then there is really no question. And, conversely, a failure to report a rape does not mean a rape did not occur. And there are many reasons a woman would not want to report a rape. The procedure to obtain “evidence” can be as invasive as the rape itself. Or worse.

Suffice it to say that there are legitimate reasons rapes go unreported.

Akin was not talking about these. His statement referred to those times that there was no rape, but that rape was nonetheless the mitigating circumstance that made an abortion legal.

I would have probably used the word fictitious rape, or fabricated rape claimed to obtain an otherwise prohibited abortion.

And in our society there is no way to determine what actually happened. One would hope that any female forced into any sexual or violent act would immediately report it, but we must always trust that the woman is telling the truth if she claims rape. Period.

But this is the “loophole” in abortion law. Just as “health of the mother” is a loophole. One could lie about rape and the health of the mother is too subjective. Most states have moved away from the “health of the mother” clause, but rape, incest and life of the mother remain.

And I doubt that is going to change.

However, as a pro-life Christian, it is my personal belief that all Christians must necessarily believe that God creates life. All life. To believe anything less is, well, simply not Christian.

Additionally, Christians must necessarily believe that if God creates life, then life is Sacred. It is God’s to create, God’s to give and God’s to take. Which also means that Christians must believe that life begins at conception.

So if a Christian claims to be pro-life and also accepts exceptions to that belief based on the circumstances of conception, then theologically speaking, the person is not really pro-life. It is hypocritical to believe that life is created by God, life is sacred and life begins at conception and also believe that man has the authority to veto the life that God created because the circumstances of conception were a violent or immoral act.

It has taken some time for me to settle this question in my own mind.

Jesus was compassionate and set the example we as Christians are all supposed to follow. How can one be compassionate and force a woman to have a child that was conceived by rape? Isn’t requiring a woman to go through childbirth a punishment she does not deserve? And to force her to bring an unwanted bastard into the world conceived not in love, but in hate and violence?

And does this requirement for Christian compassion override God’s will and the miracle of the life He created, even though we loathe the circumstances of conception?

Ah! That is the question isn’t it?

Because man has the ability to abort a life created by God, should we? And if we do, can we truly call ourselves Christians? And is man qualified to be the arbiter of the worth and value of a life? Are we to determine that a child would be better off not being born because we find the circumstances of the conception reprehensible?

If you answer yes to this question, then you have just put yourself above God. Above Christ.

You appoint yourself God. Or worse, you do not believe He is omnipotent and has a plan.

So it is my conclusion that man cannot be a Christian and believe he has the authority to overrule God based on how a child was conceived, or the quality of life that a child might have.

If God didn’t intend for the life to be created, HE would not have created it in the first place.

And that is true for the life of the mother. I personally believe that abortions should never happen.

I know. Bring out the tar and feathers. Tom White is a far right Christian woman hater.

And while you bring the tar to a boil, chew on this: I don’t believe abortion should be outlawed. I still don’t believe abortions should performed, but the bottom line is, I trust the woman to make the decision to terminate the life God placed inside her.

God places temptations in front of us. And He tests us. I would not pretend to know what God has in mind, but I have seen proof that God works in mysterious ways. I have met and talked to women who were on the table ready to abort their child and changed their minds. The child became a blessing beyond measure for them and proof that God exists.

Closer to home, in 1964, when I was 10 years old, my mother became pregnant with a somewhat late life baby. She and my Dad were thrilled beyond measure. They had believed that they were blessed with 2 boys and that was it. A few months into the pregnancy, my mother began having severe pain. She visited her doctor and was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst that required surgery which would mean aborting the baby. She was told she could die if it burst. Both she and the baby. A second doctor also examined her and confirmed the diagnosis.

She refused the surgery and went home. The doctor assured her that she would be in the hospital that evening because she wouldn’t be able to stand the pain.

She came home, went to bed and called our pastor.

He arrived with a couple of the Deacons and they prayed.

Mom said the pain went away and she had a restful night. The first in quite a while.

The next morning, the doctor called her. He said he was expecting an emergency call from the hospital all night.

She told him she was fine.

He told her to come right in to his office. He examined her and the cyst was gone. Not burst. Gone. The second doctor confirmed. One doctor had seen such a thing happen only once before.

My sister was born in May of 1965 and I am happy to say she is still tormenting me to this day.

Was this a miracle? I don’t know for sure, but my mother believed it until the day she died.

So I learned in 1965 to trust the mother. My mother made the right decision the right way. Prayer. God presented her with the easy choice of surgery and the pain would stop soon, or trust in Him. She chose the later.

I will always vote for the most pro-life candidate. Always. And I will continue to pray for those who claim to be pro-life yet compromise their faith with exceptions for rape or incest. That is politically “correct” to appease the rabid left and fend off the cries of intolerance, but it is my firm belief that they are jeopardizing their own soul and compromising their faith.

I believe it is the job of every Christian – every human – to dissuade abortions for any reason. And I believe the ease with which one may take a life is disgusting. But in the end, we can’t know God’s plan. All we know is that it is our job to protect and promote life wherever we can. We must make abortion culturally difficult by expressing our Christian views and values.

I pray for the day when abortions are obsolete. Not because they are illegal, but because people finally understand they are wrong.

And if I lived in Missouri, I would be voting for Todd Akin. Not because he is a great speaker, but because he is a Christian. And because his opponent will do everything she possibly can to promote ending a life the God created.

Republican’s who claim they are Christians should reexamine their position on abortion. If you believe you are qualified to overrule God, I am going to have a hard time trusting you on minor issues like jobs and the debt.


About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

6 Responses to “On Akin, ‘Legitimate’ Rape, Pregnancy and Abortion Exceptions”

  1. Mike Wilburt says:

    I was Saved late in life, at 54 years old. And a large part of my decades-long path to Salvation was coming to terms with the “exceptions” for rape and incest. Being the father of two girls, the thought of a pregnancy as a result of a rape was repugnant to me and yet, though conflicted, I could not get past your point…..who am I to second-guess God?

    Today, I’ve been involved in a debate in the Richmond Times Dispatch comments section following an article about the Romney-Ryan disagreement on the “exceptions. Ryan, along with Todd Akin, are pro-life absolutists. Only if the mother’s life is at risk would they support a decision to abort. (I find myself somewhat at odds even with that exception).

    But above all else, I respect Ryan being honest and open about his disagreement with Romney. Yes, he has compromised. He said he is “comfortable” letting Romney set the abortion position with which he nearly fully agrees except for the rape and incest exceptions. Ryan said he was comfortable because it was a step in the right direction. You cannot survive in politics without some negotiated settlement. But more importantly, you cannot lead in politics if you accept a settlement that does not move the ball forward in your direction. Ryan knew it was time for leadership.

    Ryan settled to be in a position to move the issue forward. He did it openly and honestly knowing he would not please many who want to support him. But I would ask those to remember, he did not change his own position. He is not afraid to acknowledge he and Romney differ on this point. Romney was not afraid to partner with a man who disagreed with him on this point. They both see the larger objective of removing an administration that endorses abortion at any time for any reason…..and demand that taxpayers fund it.

    • Tom White says:

      Mike – I agree and understand. The left has give us a culture where killing God’s creations is somehow acceptable. As I said, I believe it is wrong. But I also believe it is up to us as Christians to move public opinion. Our success will depend on God’s will. But to try is Christian. Making it illegal is irrelevant. Making it morally unacceptable is the best way forward. There will always be evil in this world. For now at least. We can’t stop it, but we must point it out.

      And when you are saved is unimportant. That you ARE saves is all that matters. Congratulations!


  2. Jack Lee says:

    Right on, Bro! God Bless you and all you do!

  3. I am deeply moved by this posting and the response. I cannot add to it.


  4. Robby says:

    The “legitimate” rape Akin referred to is what the ordinary person might call a “real” or “genuine” rape rather than a falsely accused rape that a woman or girl claims to justify getting an abortion or just to avoid embarrassment from being caught fornicating.
    Akin was speaking in lawyer-speak. He might have known that the pro-abortion gang of Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes would jump at the chance to misconstrue his words, just as they did to Jesus near 2,000 years ago, trying to catch Him in His words. Jesus being much sharper than Akin or any of the rest of us, turned their attacks against them.


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