Todd Akin's "junk science" hurts the abortion debate for all pro-life Americans

by Sara J.

Last night on Real News, the panel started with a topic that has been making waves in the news lately: Todd Akin’s ridiculously inaccurate comments on rape, pregnancy and abortion. GBTV's Will Cain took this moment to have the honest debate about the issue and discussed the disservice the media is doing to the American people by the way it’s being framed.

"What are the appropriate exceptions when someone is pro-life?"

That was the question Will Cain addressed to the Real News panel last night.

"When someone says they are opposed to abortion are exceptions for rape and incest or life of the mother - how do those exceptions play into the abortion debate? And, can we please separate that debate from the nonsense that Todd Akin sputtered?"

Right now, the left and the media are using Rep. Todd Akin's ridiculous comments about "legitimate abortion," to frame the debate of exceptions for abortion crazy and unworthy of discussion.

An issue as important and emotionally charged as abortion is worthy of a public debate. Unfortunately, Rep. Todd Akin's comments have given the left an opportunity to completely shift the focus of that debate, and once again make those who are pro-life, especially those who believe the life of an unborn child is valuable, that no matter how it is conceived.

S.E. noted that she doesn't take issue with Akin's stance on abortion. However, the thought of Akin making policy decisions with 'junk science,' is a problem.

"The abortion issue is completely separate. And that has been the most offensive part of this, that the media has decided that this is about abortion and this is about all Republicans." she commented.

Amy Holmes added that this is a pattern seen over and over by the media, and then, of course, by the Democratic Party: guilt by association. If you simply look at the politics of the last year, it's easy to see not only that Amy is 100% right, but that these instances have shaped most of the more important debates across the country.

For example, look at the Sandra Fluke controversy that took place just a few months ago. A radio host, not even a politician, used one foul word about Ms. Fluke following her public statement on free contraception and women's health, and the entire Republican base had to condemn the comments. This led to policy debates on everything from women's healthcare to religious freedoms defined by our First Amendment rights. People are still debating this issue and the Democrats are now using Sandra Fluke in the Obama re-election campaign.

Sandra Fluke has become Barack Obama's version of "Joe the Plumber".

It's no mystery that media loves social issues. They can use them to evoke an passionate response from their viewers and sway public discourse through personal stories that hit on peoples emotions. That's exactly what is being done with Todd Akin's comments. A pretty much unknown congressman has helped the left make abortion a key issue in an election that should be about rising unemployment, the national debt, and a struggling economy.

Because Mitt Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, shares the stance that there shouldn't be exceptions in the case of abortion, unless the life of the mother is at risk, he is now being tied to Akin's comment.

"Ryan's stance on abortion is somehow being tied to Todd Akins, not stance, but statement on abortion," Will Cain said.

The stance is what deserves an honest debate, and that is what Will Cain proposed they have last night on Real News.

"I am pro-life. I'm opposed to abortion. I'm opposed to abortion in all instances except to save the life of the mother," Cain explained. "My position is that life begins at conception. I arrive at this position not from a religious orientation, but from a logical one. I don't see how you can distinguish, essentially, a one minute old child from an eight month old child, and then on down the line. Conception is the only bright line in the process."

Will also pointed out that this puts him in the minority. However, if you are a pro-life person, you believe life begins at conception. It's hard to comprehend how one can value one child's life over another, regardless of the circumstances.

Life is the first thing mentioned in the freedoms America will protect in the Declaration of Independence: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

According to recent Gallup polls, the country is moving towards being more pro-life.

An honestly shocking poll considering the way the left and the media views and covers abortion.

However, when you take Will's position, the stats change.

While Will's is a controversial stance, it's not crazy. But Akin's comments have allowed the left and the media to take this controversial stance and turn it into a crazy one.

Amy, who is pro-choice, agreed with Will. The left already paints pro-lifers as "neanderthals." Now, Todd Akin's apparently neanderthal view of conception has been assigned to them as well.

Buck Sexton pointed out that is the the President who has an extremist view on abortion. Like Will pointed out, pro-lifers are the majority, not that the left would ever allow you to believe that. But Barack Obama voted against a measure to allowed doctors to save babies that survive abortions.

"When it came up, it was 98 to 0 in the Senate," Buck noted.

Barack Obama ended up voting against that piece of legislation - something that most Americans aren't even aware of.

Will pointed out that there are two reason for that. One, the entire debate has been shifted to one of women's health and reproductive rights. Two, it's never conducted from the position of "is this a life."

The extremes on this position define the current law on abortion. This is one example of why this issue needs to be sent back to the states. Allow the American people to define the exceptions and have an honest debate on the issue at hand, not the extremes or a ridiculous statement made by a Congressman.

A national “climate emergency” seems inevitable.

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck reveals how climate academics and activists have been gaming this out for years. They know exactly what they are going to do once Biden pulls the trigger. So many scary options become available once a national emergency is declared. Countries must feel the squeeze and in many cases … COLLAPSE. It’s happening all over the world. Industries like farming, ranching, and energy are imploding.

People are starting to rise up and push back on the Gr*** Re***, but in many places, it’s already too late. Glenn shows how the Gr*** Re*** has already caused nations to fall after just four years of policy implementation.

America is currently on year two of Biden’s "Build Back Better." Are the riots and collapse of Sri Lanka’s government in America’s future? Despite clear evidence that all of this is creating national suicide for other countries, Biden pushes ahead. What is this really all about? Hint: not saving the environment.

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Glenn Beck: Here's why ALARM BELLS should have gone off when Biden said THIS

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Last week, President Joe Biden said, “Climate change is an emergency, and in the coming weeks, I’m going to use the power I have as president to turn these words into formal, official government actions for the appropriate proclamations, executive orders and regulatory power that the president possesses.”

But Glenn Beck says the only state of emergency that needs to be declared right now is what's going on with our out-of-control federal government and president.

"When you have a president saying he is going to issue an emergency order and declare a national emergency on climate, of all things, you're about to lose your republic," Glenn said on the radio program.

"No matter what party the president is from, when they say any version of 'since Congress won't act, I will,' that should have alarm bells going off," he continued. "When they say, 'If Congress will not act, I will,' that is a direct violation of the president's oath of office."

Glenn argued that most Americans don't realize how weak the office of the president is supposed to be, and it even seems like many on both sides of the political aisle prefer a president who can practically wave a magic wand and change everything.

He went on to explain how the president got so much power (hint: it started with Woodrow Wilson) and why it's clearly dangerous and unconstitutional.

"The Founders put Congress front and center in the Constitution, not the president, and here's why: They had major kingophobia," Glenn said. "They knew that men would try to gather more and more power and consolidate that power, and that was everything they were trying to get away from. So what did they do? Well, they were very cautious when they put together the office of the president, the executive branch. After the Preamble, the very first line of (Article I) says, 'All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.' So all legislative power is granted to Congress ... no legislative power is granted to the president. Now, I know you know this, but I'm not sure about the rest of America: The president cannot make laws."

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain why that presidential limitation is extremely important. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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The Chinese government offered to spend $100 million on building an "ornate Chinese garden" at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., and the project "thrilled local officials," according to a CNN report.

While anyone with an ounce of common sense could have guessed that there was something sketchy about China's generous offer, it apparently took a deep dive by U.S. counterintelligence officials to raise "numerous red flags."

The FBI "quietly killed the project" after realizing that the park's pagoda would have been strategically placed in the perfect spot for gathering sensitive military and government intelligence. There was also a little problem with the fact that Chinese officials planned to ship project materials in "diplomatic pouches," meaning U.S. Customs officials could not check what was inside.

"Now, what could they possibly bring in?" asked Glenn Beck on the radio program. "The Chinese are purchasing land all over the country ... the FBI uncovered Chinese-made Huawei equipment atop cell towers near a U.S. military base in the rural Midwest. They said that's kind of a problem when they checked with strategic command, because, apparently, it could just block our nuclear communication. And that might also be, maybe, also a problem."

In the video clip below, Glenn goes on to detail the "spooky" red flags they found that suggest China just might have been up to something more sinister than sharing Chinese culture with America's capital city.


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VOTE: You decide who gets a Badge of Merit

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The Purple Heart in George Washington's time was not given for being wounded. This award went to ordinary soldiers for doing something of merit—something that would find favor in the eyes of God. Washington knew they couldn't win if they weren't on God's side. And if they were on God's side, God would bless them.

I've been looking for people who deserve a George Washington badge of merit. Many of you have submitted nominations. Thank you for the love, respect, and consideration you have shown in doing so.

From your hundreds of nominations, we have narrowed it down to three finalists. Now, it's up to you to decide who gets this honor.

Here are the candidates:

1. Bill, the Reliable

Bill is a 70 year old man living in the hills of West Virginia. He was nominated by his neighbor, a paraplegic combat veteran, who says, because he likes to stay active, he gets himself into “all kinds of troubles.” Anytime he finds himself in one of these situations, Bill is his first call.

His nominator wrote:

Bill will check on me at least once a day, sometimes twice, and even more if he knows my wife is gone or he hears me tinkering around outside or in the garage… If he hears me banging, grinding, welding, or whatever, he will walk over to see if I am ok, or need any help…all I need to do is make a phone call and Bill comes running to help. Oftentimes, he hears me coming, and is in the driveway or field waiting on me before I even get the chance to call.

Bill tends to his neighbors’ farm free of charge, and even lets his neighbors’ cattle graze on his property. If Bill hears his neighbor mowing the grass, he gets right out there on his mower to help him. He even walks his neighbor's 11-year-old dog on the mile hike to pick up the mail for him. His nominator said he can always count on Bill for anything he needs. All of this while having a family of his own to care for, and being 70 years old himself.

His nominator said:

Bill is a living example of what I believe Jesus intended when He said "You should Love your Neighbor as yourself!"

'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (Matthew 22:34)

2. Heather, the Selfless

Heather was nominated for her service to the homeless community of Anchorage, Alaska. Her nominator described her, saying:

She knows hundreds of the homeless by name, and knows their stories too, and they love her. She has invited them into her home, clothed them, fed them, lovingly washed maggots out of their hair, de-escalated fights and disarmed them. She plans sober outings with them to encourage them to stop drinking, and celebrates with them when they do.

Heather has even sustained injuries from the people she serves, yet she forgives and loves anyway. Heather has a heart for the people that most forget about. Her nominator wrote:

While the rest of us only see a brief mention in the news of a body found, or the number of homeless that didn't survive the dip in temperatures, she worries for them on cold nights, and grieves for them when they pass away. … She walks this life like Jesus more than anyone I have ever know.

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40)

3. Conley, The Good

Conley is an eleven year old boy from North Carolina.

His father describes him as "the most intelligent, trustworthy, reliable, kind hearted, and remarkable 11-year-old I know.”

Conley holds doors open for everyone, and makes sure to say “ma’am,” “sir,” “please,” and “thank you.” At his Little League game, one of his teammates hit a line drive, and the ball hit a player on the opposite team right in the chest. The umpires, coaches, and Conley all instinctively ran over to him to help. He’s become a fan favorite at the ballpark.

At home, his Dad says:

We can ask him to do something, and with little to no grumbling at all he does it. He takes the dog out, he takes the trash out, he carries the mail up to my dad's house next door, he helps me outside, he helps his mom cook, and helps with the garden.

But most importantly, in his Dad’s view, is that he takes care of his little brother.

Jamie (his little brother) can call for him, and Conley will stop whatever he's doing to go help him. Conley fixes lunch everyday for Jamie, then fixes his own lunch. Conley changed Jamie's diapers when he was still wearing diapers.

On top of all that, Conley loves U.S. history, and knows that all of his blessings come from God. We can only pray the next generation is made up of kids like Conley.

Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right. (Proverbs 20:11)

Who do you think deserves a badge of merit? Cast your vote below: