(An Open Letter to House Speaker John Boehner)
Dinnertime has always been the perfect venue in our household to catch up on our daily affairs as well as discuss world events and politics. Lively exchanges are welcome and everyone’s opinion is respected. When our children were young I always told them, “Just because a person makes it into adulthood, it does not mean that he/she knows what they are doing, or, for that matter, they might or might not turn out to be a good person or responsible adult.”
Last night Mr. Akin was the topic of conversation at our dinner table. Everyone agreed that he was one of those individuals who made it into adulthood but did not turn out to be a good person, a responsible adult or an informed one. We discussed his comment, “If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” and we were shocked not only by the insensitivity of his remark but at his lack of compassion or medical knowledge.
His disdain toward women is reprehensible, as is his cavalier and dismissive attitude toward the pain and suffering of a rape victim: “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
Although I agree that the rapist should be punished I fail to understand why he and many in the Republican Party believe that the victim should be further victimized by not allowing her to have an abortion if she so chooses.
I am not certain if Mr. Akin has daughters or sisters, but at least I know he has a mother so I suggest that he sit down with her and try to understand from a woman’s perspective what it would be like to be violated and then be forced to give birth to the rapist’ s child against your will.
Shame on Mr. Akin and all who share his belief for attempting to impose their narrow-minded, ill-informed views on women. They owe it to their constituents to seek professional help before they start pontificating morality.