Get out of the race, Mr. Akin
posted at 4:00 pm on August 20, 2012 by Libby Sternberg
Dear Mr. Akin:
Please step down as the Republican U.S. Senate Candidate in Missouri.
You might think it presumptuous of me to make this request. I’m not a Missouri voter, after all. But I am a conservative woman. And what you said about rape reveals not just muddled thinking but deep ignorance on many levels. You don’t help conservative women, sir, with such thinking. You hurt us.
As a conservative woman, I’ve fought against the phony “war on women” charges from the left. I’ve defended Sarah Palin, even when some conservative men hemmed and hawed about whether she was really qualified while giving a nod and a wink to lesser pols, who happened to be men.
I’ve defended pro-life positions even though I don’t agree with them on every single abortion policy. I’ve defended the Catholic Church’s stance on the HHS contraception coverage mandate, even though I don’t agree with the Church’s teachings on that issue.
And I’ve done all this as part of the sisterhood of conservative women, who often–I venture to say–feel alone in the battle, unable to count on liberal feminists to champion our right to be heard if we’re not conforming with their reproductive policy stances.
With your statements, you’ve made our battle harder. We can defend conservative issues even if we don’t agree with every policy point, but we can’t defend a conservative man who is so profoundly ignorant of the impact of rape and even the simple biology of conception!
What you said was more than just a verbal stumble. It was indicative of deeper misunderstandings of what women face.
Your Twitter feed suggests you will fight on because we need a “conservative Senate.” Yes, we do, Mr. Akin. Conservative women know this, as well. And we know that you’re not the man to help us get there. Don’t confuse perseverance with egotism. If you truly support conservative values, admit you made a terrible mistake that can’t be shrugged off and step aside for a better candidate. You only received a plurality of the vote in the primary. Surely Missouri Republicans will admire you for the honorable act of withdrawing from the race, and one day, when you are wiser, you can try again.