August 20, 2012

Some Akin Photos a Little Closer to Home

On Mr. Huckabee’s radio program, Mr. Akin apologized for the wording of his comments, but he did not back away from his belief that abortion should be illegal in all instances, including pregnancies resulting from rape. — via G.O.P. Trying to Oust Akin From Race for Rape Remarks (NYT)

So Akin is saying that, even if their bodies didn’t magically protect them from becoming pregnant following a rape, he would still insist that his two daughters or his interns be forced to see through pregnancies conceived out of sexual assault?


What’s really incredible about this story, and the bellowing elephant in the room, is the fantasy and the denial on the part of these people. Totally erased from the equation is any emotional trauma, from the rape itself, from the immediate aftermath, from the next nine months, and for the lifetime of associating that child with that violence and violation. If this story speaks to anything, it’s how much radical pro-lifers worship — and expunge honest emotion — at the alter of repression.

Update 2:

If you saw his new ad this morning, it’s only logical Akin would finally drag his own daughters into this.

“As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. I pray for them.”

Most telling is the way rape gets framed as a spiritual as opposed to a psychological matter, the redress and call to action having everything to do with vengeance while the treatment plan is relegated to prayer.

(photo 1: Akin for Senate website. – Family photo showing Akin with two of his four sons, his two daughters (far left) and five of his eight grandchildren. According to his website bio, Todd’s older daughter is a senior at Hillsdale College and his younger one is still in high school. photo 2: via Akin Congressional website. Congressman Akin meets with 2009 interns.)

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