“Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child ”
12-year member, House of Representatives, Missouri
Candidate for U.S. Senate, Missouri
In the aftermath of this statement, most Republicans have been stumbling over themselves to get away from Akin whilst calling for his withdrawal from the Senate race.
Republicans shouldn’t be running from Akin. They should be embracing him.
If you can get past the egregiously worded, scientifically-challenged, basely offensive words Akin selected, his point is simple: no abortions, no exceptions.
At no point in any of his several apologies has Akin retracted that point: no abortions, no exceptions.
Nor should he.
I understand Republicans — especially Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — trying to put distance between themselves and Akin’s clumsy, uneducated, ill-formed thoughts. You can’t expect to talk like that and appeal to anything approaching a majority of Americans.
Again I say: Cowards.
Akin is being portrayed, even by those within his party, as a member of the fringe.
Akin isn’t some pioneer. He isn’t a fringe figure. He is part of the whole cloth.
Aside from his apparent lack of understanding of basic human reproductive biology, and past the illogical words with which he expressed himself, Akin is just your average, regular Republican: no abortions, no exceptions.
Remember that November 6.