Monday, August 20, 2012

Todd Akin and Legitimate Rape






    "In an effort to explain his stance on abortion, Representative Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, provoked ire across the political spectrum on Sunday by saying that in instances of what he called “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy" (Eligon and Schwirtz, 2012). 
      
     It has been a long time since Americans were as disgusted and appalled by another human being. Todd Akin's statement is both disrespectful to victims of rape and humans in general. To think that a heinous crime such as rape can have a positive attribute is a prime example of extremist logic. 
      It is sicking to think someone can be this heartless and cold to the realities of rape and rape culture in this country. This is a complete lapse of good judgment and is very unbecoming of someone vying for political office. If this is Akins true view of the world, he should not be in a position to influence decisions that affect the lives of Americans. 
      This is America and in this country, you say what you want and feel, just be prepared for the backlash. Whether positive or negative.  
 Eligon, J., & Schwirtz, M. (2012, August 19). Senate Candidate Provokes Ire With ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment. Retrieved October 28, 2016, from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/us/politics/todd-akin-provokes-ire-with-legitimate-rape-comment.html 

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