There’s been a huge bru-ha-ha in the media and blogosphere this week about the now in-famous Todd Akin and his horribly ignorant and offensive statement regarding pregnancy and rape. It would be redundant to talk about the ludicrousy of “legitimate rape” when so many people have already thoroughly addressed the point.
Naturally, the link to abortion and anti-choice lobbyists was made immediately. It seemed to come as a surprise to many people on the left (and in the center) that many Republicans are opposed to abortion even in the cases of rape and incest without holding to Todd Akin’s fairytale reality in which rape doesn’t create pregnancy. Many were shocked at how unfeeling and uncompassionate the republican right is when it comes to raped women and forcing them to carry and give birth against their will.
It IS unfeeling and uncompassionate, but what the appropriately appalled media and bloggers all failed to realize is that to someone on the religious, republican right it all makes perfect sense. The stance is horrific, but it IS internally logical.
As someone who once held those opinions and was entirely brought up in that culture, I understand where these totally anti-choice people are coming from.
It starts with the belief in the infallibility of the bible and the concept of having an immortal soul. This soul supposedly comes into being at the beginning of the creation of the body, ie: conception. So, if the soul enters the body at conception, then that makes the product a person. (the root of the vile ‘Personhood’ amendments). Most people on the left understand this, but fail to understand why this cancels out the needs and cares of the women in question.
The people who believe in ‘Personhood’ typically also believe that everything which happens in life is part of god’s infallible and perfect plan. If something horrific happens, like rape, that is still part of god’s plan. The woman must accept what happened as part of god’s plan for her life, and if pregnancy is a result, must also accept that child as part of the “plan”. Depression and suicidal tendencies as a result of the rape/pregnancy? Not allowed! Depression is really just a spiritual matter. If one had a proper relationship with god, then they wouldn’t BE depressed. Just have more faith and more trust… besides, children are a blessing from the lord, and it shouldn’t matter where they come from. Be happy to have the child. After all, the highest calling a woman can hope to achieve is that of ‘Mother’… here’s your chance to be one!
Besides, the question can really be solved by converting everyone everywhere to Christianity (though not that wishy-washy feel-good kind). After all, Christian women would be joyous in their tribulation and suffering and they wouldn’t have to suffer much anyway, since Christian men would never abuse or rape them…