If you haven’t heard by now, in an interview broadcast Sunday evening, Congressmen Todd Akin, a conservative Republican candidate for the US senate said that womenâ€™s bodies can prevent pregnancies in the case of â€œa legitimate rape.â€
He later retracted his statement and apologized, saying he was misinformed.
Last March, Kansas Representative Pete DeGraaf suggested that women ought to plan ahead for rape the way he keeps a spare tire in his car.
RAINN, the rape, abuse and incest national network reports that in the U.S. alone:
- Someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes.
- Every year there are about 207,754 victims of sexual assaults.
- 54% of sexual assaults are not reported to police.
- 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.
- Approx. 2/3 of assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.
- 38% of rapists are friends or acquaintances.
I am pro-life. I am also pro-woman, and for the sake of at-risk women everywhere, there has got to be a more dignified and empowering way to have this conversation.
Let’s parse Akin’s statement, shall we?
â€œFrom what I understand from doctors … if itâ€™s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.â€
Doctors: By â€œdoctorsâ€ does Akin mean the crazy-train voice in his head? I donâ€™t know about you, but when my doctors speak, they use scientific words and intelligent phrases. When discussing birth control options with my OB, Iâ€™ve yet to hear him tell me not to worry because my body will just â€œshut that whole thing down.â€
These children are beauty from ashes, and both moms are grateful to have something redemptive out of such a dark event in her life. But, their stories and the children’s stories are nonetheless painful and confusing. With zero eloquence and a complete lack of compassion and knowledge, Akin blatantly invalidated this type of pregnancy.
In one of the saddest scenes in the story, Tamar disrobed– she removed her richly ornamented garment worn only by virgin daughters of the king– and she replaced it with sackcloth and ashes.
Two years later, Tamar and Amnonâ€™s other brother, Absalom, killed Amnon to revenge his sisterâ€™s rape.
And whoever you are, whatever your story, God calls you His daughter.
In other words, there is nothing illegitimate about you.
Psalm 45 says that you are a daughter of the King, and as such, you are an honored woman. God is enthralled with your beauty.
Isaiah 61 says that God will comfort those who mourn and provide for those who grieve. He will bestow on you a crown of beauty instead of ashes, oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise. He will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore places long devastated.
Take some time today to pray for all victims of abuse and rape. Pray that these women, children, and men sense God’s presence, healing, and love. Pray for justice and for an end to the war against women, everywhere.