What we need to constantly keep in mind is how we are deciding who is most in need of help, and reevaluating how that fits in with our values. Are we ok with only helping certain kinds of people who need abortions? Can we strategize for a future in which we don’t have to make these tough decisions? How can we get there?
The real question that needs to be addressed is not whether rape can cause pregnancy. The question is: will measures that ban women who have been impregnated by rape from having abortions be enacted, enabling rapists, with state support, even greater power to deprive women of their dignity and personhood?
The Democratic senator is up 10 points in her race with the controversial congressman.
The church tries to clarify its own position on rape, but leaves things even more confusing.
Thanks to the Akin outburst, the extremist positions taken by anti-choice politicians are now finally becoming more visible to a larger public.
During the primaries, Mitt Romney publicly and unequivocally endorsed every single abortion ban (with no exceptions) proposed by the anti-choice establishment. Now that the GOP platform includes the same language, he’s not so sure.
Akin’s statement and the GOP’s anti-choice positions aren’t just an election year “war on women” narrative. They are part of a reactionary, fundamentalist backlash to modernity. It’s a war on science. It’s a war on facts. It’s a war on critical thinking. But, really, consider it a war on democracy.
A woman with a pregnancy as the result of rape is facing one of the most difficult and confusing situations imaginable. Indeed, the larger problem remains, which is that Rep. Akin and his conservative allies in Congress and state legislatures stand by their desire to limit the health care options a pregnant woman has available to her.
Is the right about to have its first major splintering?
Which GOP ticket is being nominated? Is it the one compromised of two men who have done everything but lick the boots (at least not that I know of) of radical anti-choicers? Or is it the kinder, gentler ticket that only wants to imprison women who terminate a pregnancy not conceived in rape?