The controversy over Rep Todd Akin’s remarks yesterday August,20 continues to build as lawmakers from both sides seek to distance themselves over his remarks that Pregnancy due to “legitimate rape” is impossible.
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Tex.) informed Rep. Todd Akin on Monday that the national GOP will stop funding his election campaign, not only that but Cornyn has given him 24 hours to reconsider his candidacy, remarking that his comments were “wrong, offensive, and indefensible” and ”he risks the party’s chance of a majority.”
President Obama waded into the controversy saying “”Rape is rape and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me.”
Akin remains defiant, quoting the founder of the US Navy – and a personal hero of mine- John Paul Jones “I have yet begun to fight”
It is now clear that Akin’s position is untenable. For the good of his Party and the people of Missouri he must stand down. While freedom of speech is sacred, the consequences of someone with his views legislating on issues such as law and order, health and the welfare of 300 million people is a nightmare from which there may be no awaking.