Missouri Representative Todd Akin* made some smashingly terrible comments the other day regarding the incidence of pregnancy following rape:

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

This has made him look so bad, in fact, that even the corrupt National GOP will no longer spend any money on his campaign and urged him to drop out.

It may not be immediately apparent why this is an irresponsible use of words, so let me offer some additional explanation. Akin is effectively suggesting that if a woman is raped and it results in her conceiving, she probably wasn’t “legitimately raped.”

This is quite insensitive any way you try and spin it. In fact, every time I try to parse out what he really might be saying he ends up looking worse. Then, there’s the apology – or rather the lack thereof. Instead of just saying “I’m sorry” in the most public way possible, Akin posts to Facebook that he “misspoke.” Really? Is that all?

This entire incident is a major reason why the right-wing pro-life constituency is hard to take seriously at times. On the one hand, they desire a good thing – making abortion a thing of the past. On the other hand, they endorse a total police state to realize that goal. They have blinded themselves with power so much that they cannot see that they wish to do evil to accomplish good.

To be sure, I’m not always thrilled with the way the Libertarian Party treats abortion issues (for example, Gary Johnson), but the way Akin-gate has blown up just shows that everybody is essentially talking past each other. Thus, no progress will ever be made.

Republicans have no real incentive to do anything about abortion, because their politicians need it to be their major campaign issue year after year. Democrats, likewise, always need a pro-life issue to demonize to make sure their own campaign agenda is set. The battleground is a farce. Likewise, pro-life interest groups play the game as well, because they need to continue lining their coffers. Statism damns it all.

The only consistent position of someone who truly cares about pro-life issues is to be a complete anarchist, because the State is always a peddler of death and deception. When they aren’t killing babies at home, the US government kills babies abroad in endless wars and interventions. If you truly desire to save children, abolish the State.

There are many ways to help pregnant women that do not involve government intervention, but I imagine most of these will never see any use because the State is completely involved in every aspect of healthcare from conception to death. Why anyone would entrust the State with such important things is beyond me.

For more LCC perspectives on abortion see Libertarianism and Abortion, and Abortion, Religion, and the Presidency.

* I somewhat feel bad for Akin because we have a little history together. His son and I used to go to math contests when we were homeschoolers in high school in the St. Louis area, so we became friends. It really is too bad that Todd has proven repeatedly that he tows the Republican line at pretty much every opportunity.

Dr. Norman Horn

Norman founded LibertarianChristians.com and the Libertarian Christian Institute, and currently serves as its President and Editor-in-Chief. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Austin Graduate School of Theology. He currently is a Postdoctoral researcher in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • peggy

    Your interpretation is not what he said. You are twisting words. Read this view.http://www.lifenews.com/2012/08/20/woman-conceived-in-rape-responds-to-akin-abortion-controversy/

  • Respectfully, Peggy, no interpretation is what is originally said. But I still don’t think I’m twisting his words. I’m as pro-life as they come — but my point is not to skewer Akin just like everybody else. I’m trying to look at the event as a whole, because although I think Akin was wrong to say what he said the more important point is what to take from everything that has gone on around it. Keep in mind that most of what I wrote was more about the state of the abortion debate than what Akin said.

  • MassOutrage

    Thank you for the wake-up about why Republicans won’t do something about abortion – because they need it for a perennial campaign issue. I hate to think that cynically, but you are probably right. The Republicans could have banned it outright in a heartbeat with two acts of Congress when they were in the majority of both houses: A ban on abortion, and removing jurisdiction from the Supreme Court

  • They had a majority in the House and Senate AND they held the Presidency for SIX YEARS — and what did you get? Endless wars, No Child Left Behind, expanded government intervention in health care, abridgements of civil liberties… and a pseudo-ban on partial-birth abortion. And yet it’s still the Democrat’s fault. Republicans: Lying to your face since FOREVER. (Note: I am not saying the democrats are “better”, that should be evident from my article above.)

  • Pavel

    I hope the reaction of the top GOP ranks to Akin miss-step will wake up conservatives to the reality that christian values are not that important to GOP. All they want is to win, and if/when they do Christians will have to wait till next election.
    It is sad that we have become depended on the government to instill moral values. In a way that’s no different than “welfare state” that conservatives are so quick to criticize.

  • great article, but to be fair, there are Many groups and charities involved in helping pregnant women who did not want to get pregnant because they are poor or because they are teens etc… or those who went through miscarriages or abortions and need some social or spiritual support.

    an example is LIFE http://www.lifecharity.org.uk/home/

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  • Michele

    I am puzzled at the Judge’s claim that Roe v Wade is responsible for the slaughter of more than all 20th century tyrants combined. :/

    As for the church and its response to unwanted pregnancies…it is sort of the same as any other inconvenience…”we” have become a reflection of society, rather than what God calls us to be, which is a beacon of light. When I was in college and pregnant, I was told to “pray about it”. That is the same thing, however, that I was told when my husband left me with three children, when my son was in ICU with pneumonia, when my daughter was told that her lungs were filled with tumors, when I was abused… So this is not an anomaly…the church, like the world, is made up of lazy, self-centered, judgmental, and weak people. Thank God for grace…and the few fellow believers whom I call “friends” as well as those who are not believers but whom God has put in my life to love, console, and help my family in our time of need.

    Imagine if those who are outraged by the tragedy of rape and unwanted pregnancy simply put their money where their mouths are…

  • Thanks, you are correct that there are organizations out doing truly excellent work — but many are just run-of-the-mill special interest groups that are neither principled nor effective.

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