A Rape Survivor Writes From Her Heart

Posted by M ws On Friday, August 24, 2012 0 comments
In an interview aired on Sunday, Todd Akin, the newly-christened Republican Senate candidate nominee in Missouri, said that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy.

Explaining his no-exceptions policy on abortions, Akin was asked if he supported making abortion available to women who have been raped. In response, he said a woman “has ways” to prevent pregnancy during what he called a “legitimate rape.”

Later, Akin said he 'misspoke'.

According to Washington Post:

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin added: “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.” 
Akin issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying he misspoke. 
“In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year,” he said. “I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action.”
According to Boston CBSMassachusetts Senator Scott Brown issued a statement Monday morning calling Akin’s comments about women and rape “outrageous , inappropriate and wrong.”

“There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US Senate in Missouri,” Brown concluded.

Huffington Post carried a letter by Eve Ansler (Tony award winning playwright, performer and activist)where she expressed her outrage to Akin's statements. As a rape survivor, Eve Ansler's views gives weight and credibilty to her arguments and concerns.

Dear Todd Akin, 
I am writing to you tonight about rape. It is 2 AM and I am unable to sleep here in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am in Bukavu at the City of Joy to serve and support and work with hundreds, thousands of women who have been raped and violated and tortured from this ceaseless war for minerals fought on their bodies. 
I am in Congo but I could be writing this from anywhere in the United States, South Africa, Britain, Egypt, India, Philippines, most college campuses in America. I could be writing from any city or town or village where over half a billion women on the planet are raped in their lifetime. 
Mr. Akin, your words have kept me awake. 
As a rape survivor, I am reeling from your recent statement where you said you misspoke when you said that women do not get pregnant from legitimate rape, and that you were speaking "off the cuff." 
Clarification. You didn't make some glib throw away remark. You made a very specific ignorant statement clearly indicating you have no awareness of what it means to be raped. And not a casual statement, but one made with the intention of legislating the experience of women who have been raped. Perhaps more terrifying: it was a window into the psyche of the GOP.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the post. Thanks to Angela who sent me this particular link.

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