If Missouri Congressman Todd
Akin doesn't step aside from the U.S. Senate race, his pride
will ultimately cost unborn lives, not save them.
Congressman Todd Akin claims refusing to step down from the
Missouri Senate race is his way of taking a stand to "strengthen
our country ... standing on a principle of what America is." But
Akin claims heroism where only self-preservation exists.
Clinging to this race may recklessly put at risk the nation and
all the principles conservatives hold dear. By clinging to this
seat, Akin may actually cost lives rather than saving them.
Conservatives who still support his candidacy must remember how
rabidly anti-life President Obama is ... from cradle to grave. With
the race so close, the smallest incident can tip the scales in
either direction. And Congressman Akin's awkward words were a
potential brick load.
Control of the Senate may rest on a conservative Senator from
Missouri. With Akin only a point ahead at this writing, and money
drying up for him while pouring in for Senator Claire McCaskill
from enraged feminists, winning will be an uphill battle. If the
Left maintains control of the Senate, America can count on at least
two nightmare picks for the Supreme Court, the inability to stop
ObamaCare, and more massive spending.
Akin can say all he wants that he's standing on principle, but
when unfairly pummeled for his comments on "legitimate rape"
coupled with his inept analysis of the way women's bodies respond,
he chose not to clarify but to apologize. "I'm sorry ... please
forgive me" doesn't sound courageous. It sounds like
Congressman Akin has been a strong pro-life conservative for many
years. We can be grateful for his service and still determine his
inability to articulate this a fatal flaw.
Some conservatives have responded as though this were solely a
battle with the establishment. While it's true Karl Rove, John
McCain and others said inexcusably rude and belittling things about
Congressman Akin, it doesn't make them wrong on the need to replace
him. Conservatives seem to be confusing animus with the
establishment with what's right and what's all wrong with this
picture. Many seem to believe supporting Akin means defending Life,
when supporting him for this seat may cause us to go backwards on
the issue. We can love and appreciate Akin and still believe he
should step aside. Whomever is chosen for the seat will certainly
be pro-life. Missourians would not abide anything else.
Already Akin's incident has caused the light of scrutiny to shine
brightly on a very strong and strategic plank of the Republican
Party. This plank allows for abortion only for the life of the
mother, but once the anti-life press turn their sites on it, may
fall to a lesser version. In fact Akin's insistence on staying may
force Romney to address it when his silence would have been
It will make it much harder for pro-life politicians to stay
committed to protecting life in difficult cases if Akin stays in
the race. The pressure may become so great, many may fold in order
Stepping down would NOT mean conceding his point. He has, in fact,
already conceded his point in a rush to apologize. Rape does have
various iterations. A 15-year-old girl impregnated by a 19-year-old
boyfriend is also considered rape ... statutory rape. And confusion
still exists over disputed claims of rape in dating and marriage
that do indeed bring shades of grey to a cobalt act of violence.
But Akin explained none of that.
For the first time in months, the base has rallied with excitement
at the selection of a strong pro-life, pro-family, fiscally
conservative VP. If Akin remains, the torpedoes aimed at him will
also hit Paul Ryan and may mortally wound him for the race ahead.
One has only to remember Sarah Palin, destroyed by what she wore
and what she didn't read. If Akin steps aside, Ryan will have
dodged a potentially lethal attack.
Staying in the race will likely cost the Senate and perhaps the
White House. Akin should call a press conference and read a
carefully worded statement explaining what he has failed to explain
so far: that all life is sacred and killing an innocent baby
resulting from rape is yet another act of violence that will
potentially hurt the woman in even deeper ways. A new life has the
potential to bring healing while violently taking that life most
certainly will not. He should explain that pro-lifers around the
country regularly come to the aid of such women offering comfort
and care and medical help and adoption through crisis pregnancy
He should stop apologizing and explain himself ... and then step
aside. If he doesn't do that, Akin's pride will ultimately cost
unborn lives, not save them.
Sandy Rios is a FOX News contributor and host of "Sandy Rios
in the Morning" on AFR Talk (7-8 a.m. Central weekdays). This
column is printed with permission.
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