Here is someone with a unique perspective:
Rebecca Kiessling, a pro-life attorney from Michigan, fully understands the national debate going on concerning the controversial comments Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin made about abortion and rape. Kiessling was conceived when her mother was victimized by a rapist.
“It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, if it’s a legitimate rape, that’s really rare. The female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said. “The punishment ought to be on the rapist, and not in attacking the child.”
Kiessling responded to the comments saying that the use of the term “legitimate rape” was unnecessary and improper and she gave her advice for how pro-life candidates can thoughtfully and articulately address the sensitive subject of rape and abortion.
“First of all — never say ‘legitimate rape,’” Kiessling said. “Ron Paul used the same terminology last January and he got lambasted for it too. This kind of remark only serves to perpetuate the suspicion of rape victims’ accounts. It’s estimated that only 1% of rape victims ever see their rapist convicted as charged. Rape is rape. “Legitimate rape” almost sounds as if it was somehow justifiable.”
“If you are 100% pro-life with no rape exceptions, there is no need to question the veracity of a rape victims’ account, because you are against all abortions. It would not matter if a woman was not or not raped,” she continued.
While abortion advocates often talk about supporting a woman’s right to privacy, Kiessling says rape exceptions in abortion laws turn that notion on its head.
“Rape exceptions in the law actually put the government in the position of having to ascertain when the child was conceived, who the father is, whether the child was conceived during the alleged rape or during intercourse with her husband or boyfriend, and if the child was conceived during the time frame of the alleged rape, then the government would need to determine whether the sexual intercourse was consensual or not,” she explained. “So rape exceptions serve to perpetuate the injustice against rape victims that their accounts are to be viewed with skepticism, and it further leaves the majority of impregnated rape victims wholly unprotected under the law. Rape exceptions suggest that a “real rape victim” couldn’t possibly love “the rapist’s baby” and that rape victim mothers don’t exist.”
If you disagree with her don’t take it out on me.
I will point out, however, that biologically there is no difference between a child conceived in rape and any other child. A child is wholly blameless for the manner in which it was conceived.
It has been my experience that the two sides in the abortion argument have a tendency to talk past each other. One side talks about the rights of the unborn child and the other talks about the rights of the mother.
I think the right-to-lifers have a legitimate argument when they say life begins at conception. Your genetic program was set the instant that your father’s sperm fertilized your mother’s egg.
On the other hand I am pro-choice because I do not believe that a zygote is a human being. That’s why I agree with Roe v. Wade. A woman’s right to control her own body take precedence over the child’s rights in the first trimester. But as the child develops physically it begins to develop rights as well. That’s why abortion is restricted to extreme cases in the third trimester.
Todd Akin is a fucking idiot. But his belief that women can’t get pregnant from rape is no more ridiculous than the belief that vaccinations cause autism. Neither one has any scientific basis.
I do not believe that the right-to-life movement is a secret plot by men to control women. A lot of men are pro-choice and a lot of women are pro-life. My sister is pro-life. If she’s a fan of the patriarchy somebody forgot to tell her husband.
We need to stop acting as if the radical fringe represents the mainstream. OWS does not represent the political left in America. Despite what you’re gonna be hearing for the next couple of months Todd Akin does not represent the mainstream of the Republican party.
Abortion is an emotional issue for both sides. There are people on both sides who want to exploit the issue to get you angry or scared. Because those are powerful emotions and emotion clouds reason. If they can rile up your emotions they can use them to manipulate and control you.
Always pay attention to the man behind the curtain.