Since the “war” metaphor is used so often in conservative Christian politics, it seems fair to use it against them. That, even though I’d prefer the term war be limited to armies shooting at one another.
It would not be so easy to label conservative Republican politics as a war on women were it not for the clueless men who wage it. Representative Akin of Missouri, and a supporting cast which included previously Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan, say things so absurd it is impossible to conclude otherwise.
Today a Christian physician disputed the Akin claim that rape seldom results in pregnancy. He disputed, as well, the Akin claim there is something in the female mind or body that discourages or prevents pregnancy when she is raped.
There is no science-based evidence either of these is true. Yet, these falsehoods are accepted in right-to-life political circles as legitimate information.
In my own family’s history is a case of a rape that caused a pregnancy. The teenage girl died in child birth.
The world of white male conservative Christians seems to be one filled with concern about women’s issues. I recall the first time I saw this personally.
I remember a chill going over me as I heard a rancher legislator in cowboy boots say, “I’m just sick about this, allowing an abortion because there was a rape. No moral person should have to accept this compromise.”
I think it would be good for white Christian men to let women decide this issue.