By: Dr. Alveda C. King
Todd Akin’s admittedly unfortunate choice of words in his defense of no exceptions for abortion even in the case of rape or incest has stirred up such a controversy that it has sent up a firestorm and has many running for cover.
The Truth is that Rep. Akin believes in the sanctity of life and agrees with the GOP’s own platform on life issues. So why is everyone all up in arms about his misspoken words? He was not attacking women, he was defending babies.
It seems to me that what’s missing here is courage. It seems that those who are running for cover are more interested in their political careers than they are about standing up for their principles.If you are pro-life and believe that a human life (person) begins at conception then you should not be backing away from Todd Akin. He apologized for his poor choice of words. Life is life regardless of how conceived. Life should be protected, all life. And all women should be honored and respected.Being worried about winning or losing an election because people don’t like to hear the truth shows a poor lack of judgment. Speak the truth and God will bless you for it. As He said himself,“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:10-12Are we really more interested in winning a presidency than we are in winning heaven?My good friend Ryan Bomberger, born as a result of rape, wrote a wonderful blog about his thoughts on this whole Akin situation.He points out, and rightly so, that “despite the media’s predictable liberal advocacy of abortion (in all cases), what’s missing is the intriguing real outcome of the horrific act of rape and pregnancy that may result. Why do 50 percent of women who’ve been so violated choose to carry to term? Why do nearly 6 percent place their child (yes, not the rapist’s child) for adoption? Why do many choose to parent?”This is something worth better understanding from those who’ve experienced this trauma.
As always, mainstream media treats people groups as monolithic without ever bothering to discover what people actually believe or do. They instinctively and gleefully paint pro-life support of children born of rape as “extreme” thereby attempting to silence any discussion.”Many claim that the mother should not have to be reminded of the rape for the next nine months but let me tell you as someone who has known violence, any act of violence, including rape is not something that a woman forgets, pregnancy or not. And the memory is there for far more than nine months.
To suggest that by perpetrating another act of violence upon her will help her to forget the first violent act is ludicrous. Rape and abortion are both violent acts.In fact, abortion itself has been linked to causing many problems.
If you try to solve a rape with an abortion what you would have is a woman who has to deal with the rape and the effects of the abortion.There are many in America who would not vote for Todd Akin because of what he said but I imagine that they were not going to vote for him anyway because of his stance on life issues.If you are pro-life then there is no reason why you should be calling for Rep. AKin to drop out of the race.
In fact, you should be supporting him all the more for being courageous and speaking the truth. No abortion, no exceptions.I posted a video on my blog the other day about a young woman who spoke the truth about life issues at a community meeting and how we should vote for God. Some attacked her for her views but she stood her ground. She stood for what she believed and didn’t back down just because some may have seen her view as extreme.The movie “Courageous” was released a year ago and it dealt with fatherhood.
It spoke to the courage it takes to do the right thing to be a good father.At the end of the movie the main character speaks at a church talking about the courage it takes to be a father. In it he says, “Where are you men of courage?” I say to you today, “Where are you men of courage?”The unborn need courageous men to stand up for them and be their voices.Todd Akin is but one voice — and good for him for not allowing others to silence it. I will be a voice for the unborn who cannot speak for themselves. Will you?
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.