Focusing on the Real Abortion Issue
It has become commonplace that every pro-lifer is now berated with questions regarding abortion in cases of rape and incest. This liberal tactic deflects conversations away from the biological and moral arguments of abortion, which are clearly in favor of the pro-lifer, and attempts to focus the conversation on the one pro-choice argument that appears mainstream. Statistically, cases of abortion due to rape and incest are very few compared to the scores of lives that are ended by abortion due to other reasons. Pro-lifers should be focused on professing the evils of abortions, and should never be duped into debating technicalities while the deaths of millions of Americans are ignored.
Of the 50+ million abortions that have been performed in the US since Roe V Wade around 1% claimed to be due to rape or incest. With that in mind, to focus one's thoughts on cases of rape and incest is to consider the emotional distress of 500,000 over the deaths of 49.5 million. It is inarguable that the opinion of Claire McCaskill regarding 50 million deaths should be more heavily scrutinized that the opinion of Todd Akin on 1% of those cases. Only a biased media would put the emphasis on the technicalities and only a fool would be drawn into the discussion. The debate on cases of rape and incest should be had after the discussion of whether or not we should be killing 1.3 million children a year in our country. Once that is settled the debate on the technicalities can begin.
While Todd Akin's views are far from mainstream, they are far more mainstream than those of Obama and McCaskill on late-term abortion. Why should liberals be allowed to hide their extreme, gruesome opinions on aborting full-term infants while conservatives are brow-beaten for their views on preserving life? If one is forced to discuss extreme cases of abortion they should be sure to point out that if Akin were elected, his views would be far more humane than those of the liberals already in Washington.
With these points in mind, the actions of GOP leadership regarding Todd Akin's candidacy is idiotic, shameful and self destructive. Not only are they allowing the focus of the abortion discussion to be put on 1% on all abortion cases, they are aiding the left in working to re-elect a senator (McCaskill) with an100% rating from NARAL by shunning a pro-life, Republican candidate. Instead of attempting to work to salvage a vital race in winning the senate, the GOP appears to have assured itself defeat while alienating its base.
The recent focus in the media on abortion in cases of rape and incest does a disservice to logic, morality and the victims of abortion. Pro-life and conservative candidates should refuse to allow the media to deflect the argument and distract the American public from the real issue. If one is forced to discuss extreme cases of abortion the point must be made that the views of liberals, including Obama, on late-term abortion is far more extreme than any conservative opinion on preserving life.