The X, Y, Z On The Akin Controversy
What Akin Ought To Have Said
It’s false to say what Akin said, that rape will not result in pregnancy, or that it does so only rarely, due to some protective mechanism in the female body. The reality is that there are many pregnancies from rape. And perhaps his rashly made comments were generated, at least in part, by frustrations of the question he was asked, frustrations pro-lifers know only too well – the phony insistence that if abortion is bad at all, at least it ought to be allowed in cases of pregnancy from rape or incest, shouldn’t it? —Something completely irrational, because it completely ignores the real reasons to be against abortion in the first place.
Nonetheless, Akin could have, and should have, made a very different point. Only the guy who condemns all violence is a credible witness against rape. Isn’t this obvious and intuitive? Otherwise we have selective condemnation — only some types of violence are really wrong or at least worthy of being condemned — in which case, even the condemnation of rape is on shaky ground. This is because the reason rape is wrong is the very same reason all violence against the innocent is wrong. In a false, selective kind of condemnation perhaps some folks might be heard to say, “I’m against all rape except in the case of uncontrollable predators who might otherwise kill. But in all other cases it’s wrong,” something so wrongheaded it scarcely needs to be said.
So, the true defender of life and dignity might say that only he who 100 percent opposes abortion knows why rape is truly wrong, as an act of violence against an innocent; all others are not fully trustworthy. It is pro-lifers who are fully consistent when they condemn rape; all others are somewhat contradictory in that only some innocents they consider worthy of protection and dignity, or only under certain conditions, in which case they show themselves neither trustworthy nor credible in defending any victims, even their “pet peeve” victims.
Imagine if we had truly educated and well-formed statesman, who knew that ALL RAPE IS WRONG. ALL RAPE IS VICIOUS. But for the very same reason that ALL ABORTION IS WRONG AND VICIOUS, and not just because rape is our own politically correct pet peeve!
August 22, 2012