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“Legitimate Rape”? An Inquisition of Todd Akin’s Terms

by David Yeagley · August 20, 2012 · 18 Comments ·

In the name of equality, the magic liberal formula for disarming any conservative position, why don’t we examine the phrase “legitimate rape” which Republican congressman Tom Akin used in reference to female abuse. We might learn something about “realpolitik.”

Above all, the words “legitimate rape” were singled out from his statements and made the object of universal detestation–naturally by liberals, and also immediately by Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who responded to the superficial liberal outrage as if it were gospel.

“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. You know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”


Congressman Todd Aikin, interviewed on the FoxNews Jaco Report, Sunday morning, August 19, 2012.

Obviously, the conversation was about abortion, not rape. But, be that as it may, what did Congressman Akin mean by the phrase “legitimate rape”? Is this something different from illegitimate rape? Is there rape that is not illegitimate?

This is the way the juvenile media took the comment, superficially, at face value, and then liberals made outrageous moral demands of all who heard it. All must condemn Akin to hell, immediately. The Republicans have been violently chastised for their representative’s remark. In typical black smoke and cracked mirror fashion, the liberals have attempted to cast an iron cloud over the entire Republican party.


Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney,
unfortunately adding smoke to the
liberal miasma about Todd Akin.

Obviously, Akin was thinking of rape claims that are simply not demonstrable. (One out of four, according to a Fox report.) The question is whether or not rape occurred, and not whether it is legitimate. Rape is always a crime, but, it doesn’t always occur–even if a woman claims it did. That is a sad but true fact. There are women who claim it falsely, and then there are women who don’t claim it, when they’ve actually been raped.

Akin’s point was that the person punished should be the rapist, not the infant caused by the rape. He was advocating pro-life, or anti-abortion policy.

But Akin himself responded to the libelous pressure created by the false media. He took their take on his own words:

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…I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue.

Republicans and conservatives often abandon their own when a verbal misfortune like this occurs. Politics is risky, expensive, and desperate, or so it seems. The Republicans dare not associate with one who is thus wounded in battle. Some, even Sean Hannity, say Aikin should pull out of the Missouri race.

Again, the universal outrage is over the mistaken idea Akin never meant–that there is such a thing as illegitimate rape. The Democrat customs if “rush to judgement, “yellow news,” hysteria, uncivil spirits, and greedy moral imperatives, have all, like an airborne virus, infected even so-called conservative media and political leaders. Everyone bows to liberal power, just like everyone bows to Islam. It is a most sickening prospect to a man of integrity of spirit.

We assume a congressman might have integrity of spirit. Akin’s published response seems adequate in addressing the mistaken but “illegitimate” outrage. He said he has very deep sympathy for all women victims. But, he also has sympathy for the unborn child. What more can he say?

Need Republicans say more? Must Republicans be slaves of liberal media? The answer is apparently, “yes.” And that’s where we are, August 20, 2012. The liberals are in control.

Posted by David Yeagley · August 20, 2012 · 9:10 pm CT · ·

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jo28227 // Aug 21, 2012 at 2:36 am   

    Dr. Yeagley, I agree with you 100%. It’s disgusting how republicans and “conservatives” turn on their own when they’re embattled. If that’s supposed to be a winning strategy for them we’re doomed. But Rep. Akin said he’s staying in it, even though he’s going it alone now. He’s not giving up and I respect him for that. Let’s hope he wins so he can rub it in his own party’s face. Shame on John Cornyn and the “conservatives” on Fox News for coming out against Him, They’ve lost my respect completely.

    Have a good one, Doc.

  • 2 David Yeagley // Aug 21, 2012 at 9:04 am   

    When you look at the number of men’s lives that have been destroyed by the false accusation of rape, you have to reconsider Akin’s statement.

    Here are some interesting site pages:

    The Forensic Examiner

    False Rape Society

    Fathers for Life

    Etc. None of this is to say that rape isn’t rape. It’s just to say that there is great occasion for interpretation, especially when some women have knowingly, falsely claimed rape–for reasons other than reality.

    That’s all. “Legitimate rape” is actual or legally demonstrable rape. There is such a consideration, by law.

  • 3 Mjazz // Aug 21, 2012 at 9:24 am   

    It was a poor choice of words, that’s all.

  • 4 David Yeagley // Aug 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm   

    Democrat Party Supports Their Own Perverts

    A Minnesota State Representative, Kerry Gauthier (56) committed sexual acts with a 17-year-old boy at a public rest room near Proctor, Minn., according to recently released police documents.

    Dems circled the silent wagons.

    Minnesota’s Democratic Party Chairman, Ken Martin, also withheld comment.

    There is no concern from the Democrats.

    Democrat State Lawmaker Caught with Pants Down. Furthermore, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party members did not ask Gauthier to resign.

    Now look again at how the Republicans are reacting to a single word (“legitimate”) from a fellow Republican. “Resign!” “Step Down!” Nothing has united the Republicans more! This is unbelievable.

  • 5 David Yeagley // Aug 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm   

    There are a couple of questions inherent (in the Akin statement), but, they can probably be answered as well.

    Pregnancy from rape is rare. No doubt due to the fact that in bone fide rape cases there is the fertilization issue, i.e., the woman’s point in her cycle. I don’t know if there is a stat for how many rapists considered this, and raped in order to have a child. That really doesn’t make sense at all. Rape has to cause a lot less cases of pregnancy than “legitimate” or “consensual” sex.

    her body can shut that down, presumably talking about the pregnancy process, not the sexual process. Akin wasn’t saying the woman can stop her body from having sex with a rapist.

    He said he talked to doctors. I for one don’t know about this body process of a woman’s body being able to curb an unwanted pregnancy.

    I have read comments that say there is indeed “scientific” evidence that the woman is much more likely to become pregnant if she enjoys the sexual experience she had. What journals this evidence is in are not known to me.

  • 6 David Yeagley // Aug 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm   

    Here is a news story that gives a little background to Akin’s rape theories:

    Todd Akin not alone in adhering to rape theory

    The liberal argument against it:
    Scientists at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., concluded in 2001 that

    the rate of rape-related pregnancy is even higher — 6.4%, twice the rate of pregnancy from consensual sex.

    This is a “bogus” spin. It isn’t that there has been more actual rape, but more claims of rape. The liberal statement is based wholly on presumption, not fact.

    Good grief. Pope John Paul said that having sex, when intending not to have a child, is adultery. He condemned the man, of course. See, “John Paul II, Victim of Papal Infalibility”, in Peter de Rosa’s Vicars of Christ Of course, that is the traditional papal position, that sex “for fun” was illegitimate. The only purpose for sex was procreation. Popes no Saints.

  • 7 Thrasymachus // Aug 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm   

    “Good grief. Pope John Paul said that having sex, when intending not to have a child, is adultery. He condemned the man, of course.”

    I’m not quite convinced that this is strictly Biblical:

    “Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” 1 Corinthians 7:5 (New Living Translation)

  • 8 Thrasymachus // Aug 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm   

    I believe that I once read in “The Story of Psychology” by Morton Hunt that the original Roman Catholic teaching — or at least very early RC speculation — was it Augustine’s (?) — was that sexual pleasure is in itself sin and that before the Fall reproduction took place without pleasure or bodily excitation.

  • 9 Thrasymachus // Aug 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm   

    Speaking of rape, look what liberal egalitarian beliefs and resultant policies have brought to our shores:

    Muslims Gang Rape Colorado Woman

  • 10 Sioux // Aug 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm   

    Physicians for Life do the Math so we weanies don’t have to:

    http://www.physiciansforlife.org/content/view/492/26/

    Seriously, are Repub politicians so stupid, so naive, that they still don’t know how to respond to the inevitable Abortion question? I didn’t know Akin before all this began, but puleeeez – if he is as pro-life as he says he is, then there is only one response -short and sweet – I oppose Abortion. That’s all you need to say. When the Lib/Lefties press you about what about this case or that, just say, Asked and Answered, let’s move on.

  • 11 Sioux // Aug 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm   

    Quagmire: Any discussion of rape, abortion, and the true meaning of “is” – ask Slick Willie – he knows all about it.

  • 12 Thrasymachus // Aug 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm   

    “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. You know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.” — Congressman Todd Aikin

    Whoa! This is a case, seems to me, of simply having the wrong word come to mind. I believe that what the congressman meant to say was, “In the case of an actual rape — a real rape in which a woman is forced into sex against her will (as opposed to a situation of mutual consent and mutual desire) — the negative and unwilling psychological state of the woman will likely be such that her body will attempt to shut down the normal reproduction process.

    The congressman did not mean to say “legitimate.” He meant something closer to “authentic.” He was simply trying to distinguish between consent and crime.

  • 13 Thrasymachus // Aug 21, 2012 at 6:41 pm   

    In other words, the congressman seems to have been struggling for the right phrase. He mean “In the case where the USE of the word ‘rape’ is legitimate, in that it accurately describes what actually and veritably took place, the woman’s body may shut down or reduce the possibility of pregnancy — according to what some medical doctors tell us.”

  • 14 Sioux // Aug 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm   

    Akin’s point was supposedly that because rape-induced pregancies are so rare, that shouldn’t be the reason to kill the unborn baby. I reiterate – what a dumb thing to do. Is Akin that lame and inexperienced in the world of politics that this is his first time answering that question??? God said, Thou shalt not Murder. Abortion is killing an unborn child. Is that murder?

  • 15 David Yeagley // Aug 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm   

    Iowa Representative Steve King says he has never heard of statutory rape committed against a 12-year-old that resulted in pregnancy.

    Rep. Steve King on the Campaign Trail

    King supports the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” It would ban Federal funding of abortions except in cases of forcible rape. Right now, Medicaid also covers abortions for victims of statutory rape or incest – for example, a 12 year old who gets pregnant.

    Congressman King says he’s not aware of any young victims like that.

    “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way, and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter,” he said.

    Wow. Not sure what to think about this…

  • 16 Sioux // Aug 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm   

    Thras – what Akin was talking about was literal closing off of the muscles in the vagina – perhaps that is why there is so much anal rape – no babies from that. Geez, nothing new under the sun. Rape has gone on from the get-go. Amazing there isn’t more of it. It must be all that estrogen being urinated into the water system.

  • 17 David Yeagley // Aug 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm   

    Ha, ha! Sioux, you always crack me up.

    Obviously, there is such a thing as rape. I don’t that that’s ever been the issue–except in the minds of liberals and their fawning Republicans.

    Rape as related to abortion is the issue we’re talking about.

    No means no. But, in Western Romance, at least in movies, no sometimes means yes.

    But, that’s still not the issue–although that’s what the libs and wimps (Repubs) want to focus on. Makes women feel masculine (like Debbie WS), and men feel in touch with their feminine side…

    Chijuajua!

  • 18 Sioux // Aug 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm   

    It’s all about the innocent baby who didn’t ask for any of this. Should there be exceptions for allowing an Abortion? Yoiks, think about poor little Barry in utero while his promiscuous teen mom was busy banging 70-something Frank Marshall Davis. Stanley Anne probably told Barry later that she had no choice but to have him. So, Barry carries it to the extreme that if it is the mother’s intent to have an abortion at any point during her pregnancy, nothing should be done to stop the end result – Death to the Child. I can only feel sorry for this sorry excuse for a human being who was conceived by Satan’s spawn.

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