– Todd Akin, ‘Legitimate Rape,’ and Gospel Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault

The foolish statement of a Republican candidate, who argued, in the context of the fight against abortion on any conceivable grounds, that victims of ‘legitimate rape’ are rarely, if ever, getting pregnant, stired up heated debates in the US and beyond. And rightly so, as such statements are just another horrible expression of the misogyny that dominates American conservative circles.

Read below an analysis of this matter , by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb, published recently by Christianity Today.

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The controversy over the Missouri congressman’s comments gives Christians a chance to understand sexual assault with wisdom and theological depth.

ited States Representative Todd Akin and U.S Senate candidates started a national discussion about sexual assault this week after Akin’s unwise choice of words in an interview Sunday night.

The Missouri Congressman who attends a PCA church said to a St. Louis TV anchor that a woman’s body is capable of preventing pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.” He claimed a woman’s body can typically fend off pregnancy during such rape, as he argued against allowing abortions in cases of rape, claiming such pregnancies are uncommon in the first place.

Rep. Akin’s statement is as follows: Continue reading “– Todd Akin, ‘Legitimate Rape,’ and Gospel Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault”