So. I think of myself as one if the 100 most disenfranchised people in the United States. Why? Because I vote.
And because when I have contacted elected officials about our growing need to protect our children they tell me that protecting our children is not their issue
Let me rephrase that: local and national elected officials who have responded to my concern about protecting children from pedophiles have said they won’t help me because it is “not” their “issue”
I used to think it was everyone’s issue.
I keep thinking–this is an election year, shouldn’t someone care?
So the Akin thing forced me to study up on the politics and what I found was interesting.
Akin was wrong–really, really wrong, but to what end?
He was trying to save babies. He meets his political downfall because he crossed a line in trying to prevent murder, mass murder.
The ends do not justify the means. His strong desire to save babies from elective abortion does not make what he said right…
but a bit of contextualization never hurt anyone.
Rape is rape, but the strange wording and semantic crash for Akin came because he was trying to legally address something that is known, practiced and acknowledged in obstetrics–doctors can call a lot of things the way they want to. Many doctors are already allowing or referring for elective abortions to minimize their risk of law suits if parents deem their child imperfect.
Akin is 50 steps ahead of a 50 year old game, but what he was discussing when he got caught out was the notion that a baby would be valuable even if she were the child of a rapist or child molester.
Ironically, another recent flurry of outrage occurred over a pregnant teen in the DR who was not permitted to abort her fetus so she could receive cancer treatment.
I thought it was interesting that no one thought to question why a girl of 13 or 14 was pregnant and how old exactly was the father?
Akin was wrong and he will pay for his verbal gaffe. But we all pay an unacceptable price if we laugh at the “rape rape” without asking how we can help the young victims of rape by providing healing, safety, comfort, advocacy and a voice–not a brutal medical death to a second innocent child when the first has endured too much.