I’m a man. I’m a Catholic male. I’m a Catholic male that leans to the right on the political spectrum. As such it’s easy to assume that I’m pro-life, and you would be right. In my male-born ignorance, I believe in the right for life, so you can imagine my joy in hearing about Missouri Rep. Todd Akin saying that pregnancy in cases of rape is rare. Way to go! You tell them!
This is really getting embarrassing.
Really? What the hell is going on? Are republicans becoming stupider? Oh, of course he misspoke. Yeah, I call bull-shit. You let your beliefs out for the world to see, and you are rightly being maligned for it. Really? I mean today’s republicans are making us look foolish, ignorant, and in many cases just plain mean-spirited.
I am of the belief that you should not try to legislate morality on the world, and unfortunately the right has become a bastion of evangelical conservatives wanting to legislate everything having to do with our bodies, especially a woman’s body. I do not believe in abortion, but I think there is more going on in the world to worry about than a woman’s right to choose. I believe women (and men, you lousy bastards) have a right to access contraception, and that insurance should provide, but I do not believe the government have the right to mandate contraception when it is against one’s religion. I guess that means I’m a weirdo in that I think this is a matter of personal choice and not some suit over in some Washington office.
Here’s the problem. There exists a clear and necessary distinction between church and state. There is nothing worse than a theocracy on the government stage. Church should not enter into the political stage, since it seem that the worst abuses of power happen when people allow their religious beliefs dictate their political choice. Anyone remember the inquisition? Yeah, nothing goes wrong when church is in charge.
I know that our personal and religious beliefs shape us, and as such shape how we choose to vote. But why the narrow focus on abortion and contraception? Could it be because the republican party is intellectually bankrupt on how to correct the more pressing issues facing us today? How about the economy, job growth, and the global economics? What about Israel and Iran going back and forth? Syria? Nah! Let’s talk about vaginas, but not say vagina, because that’s naughty. Women are obviously too stupid about their bodies that they need a man to tell them what to do with it.
It’s amazing that their mothers have not punched them in the throat. I think I would.
I’m against abortions. You can argue with me about it, but it’s no use, so let’s agree, I won’t argue your belief if you allow me mine. So what say we compromise instead and stop trying to legislate it out of existence and try education? Abstinence is a sure-fire way to prevent an unwanted pregnancy so yes teach abstinence, but people are going to have sex anyway. People shouldn’t have sex out-of-wedlock, but it’s going to happen, and the next way to prevent pregnancies is contraception. I’m sorry, but condoms, birth-control will lower the need for abortions. Perhaps we should try teaching our children about this. It’s not ideal, but it is a pragmatic and necessary solution.
And to the idiots in the republican party: Shut Up! You really sound like idiots, opening your mouths about things you have not business talking about. Stop trying to legislate morality, and start trying to fix the socioeconomic mess we are in. If you believe abortion is wrong, then come up with a reasonable and articulate argument against it. Stop spouting off quasi-scientific nonsense that anyone with half a mind can tell is bullshit. You are only weakening your position.
I have to ask though: Why is the republican party so obsessed with sex? Repression? I just think it’s funny when they spend so much energy talking about it, speaking against sex, homosexuality, and the such, and then they are found in some sort of scandal involving such. I don’t know, but I’m embarrassed by it. I just wish there was an intelligent and articulate republican in office that was not some evangelical nutcase. Unfortunately, it seems nutcases are all that are in line for office nowadays.
Violence and rape should not be taken lightly. Rep Akin’s comment only seem to trivialize this problem. Rape and incest are a real problem, and even if I don’t like it, abortion shouldn’t be taken off the table for these cases. The morning after pill should be made available for these women.
The first thing that needs to change, however, is this misogynistic view that many in the republican party have. Women are roughly have the electorate, half the population. Women are just as capable as any man to do whatever task that needs to be done. Women don’t need protecting from themselves. If women need any sort of protection, it’s from the idiotic beliefs there morons espouse. And call me crazy, but I think they have a better grasp of their bodies then you have, Rep. Akin. Please shut up. You really are embarrassing me.
And that goes for the rest of the republican party.
- Todd Akin’s other belief on abortion (salon.com)
- Akin’s Abortion View: More Widespread in GOP Than You Think (thedailybeast.com)
- Romney camp distances themselves from Todd Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ remark (forgets they are Todd Aiken) (freakoutnation.com)
- Rep. Todd Akin: Morning-after pills should be banned (rawstory.com)
- “Legitimate” Rape Does Cause Pregnancy (brutereason.net)
- Paul Ryan’s pro-life views in spotlight after Todd Akin’s rape comments (guardian.co.uk)
- Catholic church implores Congress to overturn Obama birth-control mandate (thehill.com)
- “I’m A Catholic, But Women Need Access To Contraceptives” (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Legitimate Insanity (lennemi.wordpress.com)