Burch: Immaculate Conception?

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

If a girl is raped, becomes pregnant, then dies during labor, did God abet her murder? Incredibly, one Bible-believing Republican who wants to outlaw abortion has come to the conclusion that God intends for human rape to happen and sometimes gives rape victims “gifts” in the form of unwanted fetuses.

Is God the Devil, or is the GOP teetering on the brink of insanity?

Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock recently opined that life is always a “gift” from God and that a fetus conceived by rape “is something God intended to happen.”

But before Mourdock’s comments, Rick Santorum, who fell two steps short of the presidency, expressed a similar view, telling rape victims to “accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you.”

Shades of Bobby Knight, who once advised women that “if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.” But the GOP has gone Knight one better (or infinitely worse) by saying what sounds like: “If rape is inevitable, once the heaven-ordained coupling is over, go through nine months of pregnancy to risk your life, health and sanity bearing the child of God’s, nature’s and man’s tyranny over your bodies.”

Two days after Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” fiasco, we learned that Akin is actually far less extreme than his party, when the Republican platform committee approved language seeking a constitutional amendment to ban abortions with no exceptions for rape, incest or danger to a woman’s life. The wording of the GOP’s renewed call for a “human life amendment” agrees with similar calls made in 2004 and 2008. Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, noted that the absolute abortion ban “is the platform of the Republican Party.”

Mitt Romney’s campaign declined to comment on the platform committee’s vote, but in the past Romney has endorsed identical language. In 2007, Romney told ABC News: “I support that [the human life amendment] being part of the Republican platform.” During a Republican presidential debate the same year, Romney said that he welcomed a consensus that “we don’t want to have abortion in this country at all, period.”

Romney claims that life begins at conception, meaning that a microscopic egg incapable of human thought or feeling pain could be seen as a potential death sentence to a female, once all forms of abortion are illegal. That Romney wants to end all abortions is undeniable. The question is how far will he go, legislatively, if he is elected president, and how many girls and women will suffer and die if he acts in accordance with his beliefs.

So Romney is obviously more extreme than Todd Akin. And yet Romney told a New Hampshire TV station that Akin’s remarks were “deeply offensive,” and that he and his running mate Paul Ryan “can’t defend” Akin. (Ryan, seated beside Romney, nodded his head in agreement.) But Akin effectively tied Ryan to his comment when on Mike Huckabee’s radio program he confirmed that by “legitimate rape” he meant “forcible rape,” the term that appeared in the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” bill co-sponsored by Akin and Ryan.

So the bottom line is that — as stupid, evil and offensive as Akin’s comments were — Paul Ryan is just as bad, and Mitt Romney is worse.

Romney, who now stands a few undecided votes away from the White House, has aligned with the extreme right, saying: “Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that!” and “I’d be delighted to sign that bill [banning all abortions].”

Because rape, incest and life-threatening pregnancies will always be with us, getting rid of Planned Parenthood and banning all abortions could over time increase suffering and death for large numbers of American girls and women.

What about women on tight budgets whose contraceptives malfunction? What about very young girls who have unplanned sex and get unlucky? What about girls who have AIDS, drug addictions, or other conditions that make giving birth a nightmare for both mother and child? What about sex workers when condoms break?

Are we really ready to deal women such a great setback? It seems Romney is. Now that it is apparent that Romney’s budget math doesn’t add up, and that he offers no discernible advantage over President Obama on jobs, economics or foreign policy, surely it’s time to think about the girls and women we love, and what their lives will be like if they can’t choose if and when to become mothers.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

90 Comments on this post:

By: conservarage on 10/26/12 at 9:07

burch is shilling and deluded as always. the 'war on women' is completely manufactured by the left to try to scare women into voting for democrats.

By: Rasputin72 on 10/26/12 at 9:35

Mike Burch is the epitomy of left wing socialism and on the cutting edge of communism.

I am as right wing as you can get but Ryan is wrong and Burch is right about the rape and pregnancy.

By: BenDover on 10/26/12 at 10:05

For the last half dozen or so columns Burch has chosen to portray Romney and Ryan as what might best be described at the Love children of Mary Shelly and Bram Stoker... trying to spook Democrats into turning out to vote AGAINST Romney since Obama and the Tennessee Democratic party has really given them nothing to vote FOR.

Burch knows well that the Romney Ryan campaign disavowed immediately what these guys have said yet he chose to go on a 14 paragraph diatribe trying to preach to the choir on the matter.

Burch also knows that Tennessee's electors are out of reach based on Obama's dismal performance and the Tennessee Democratic party's utter failure over the past 6 years.

But Burch carries on, driven by emotion more than reason anymore; trying to scare people into voting against something since they've been given nothing to vote for.

Pitiful is the word that comes to mine.

By: shankm on 10/26/12 at 10:31

I find it interesting that your column would be criticised by the right. After all, you are simply pointing out things that these guys have actually said, and apparently stand for. Wasn't the whole life at conception part of the republican platform? For this you get called a shill, a socialist, and a fear mongerer? Nice Work!

By: BenDover on 10/26/12 at 11:51

I just hope that everyone realizes that this is not just a vote for president (that won't really matter because Tennessee's electors are going to Romney anyway) but also a referendum on the all of this Chicago politics of division; based on gender, sexual preference, race, union membership, class, etc...

For a guy who ran a positive campaign of Hope and Change in his first election he sure is anything but that now that he's got a dismal record form which to try to distract us.

Hopefully these tactics will fail so badly that we won't have to suffer them again for generations to come. It will probably take us a decade or so to just get over this round of Chicago politics gone National.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/26/12 at 11:56

Well, if pregnancy from rape is a gift of god, then impotence is a gift from god too. No need for Viagra.

By: jvh2b on 10/26/12 at 12:01

Bravo shank.

I love how the right wing trolls do nothing but make pathetic attempts at deflection - 'war on women is made up' yet clearly the words and proposed actions say clearly otherwise.
Guess you can't fight hard facts.

Get over yourself Ben - 1.) We know Burch is a liberal. 2.) Obama's got a better record than your boy Mittens. I just love how guys like you sing Mittens praises about how he's gonna do something...yet refuses to even give us a layout of how he's gonna do it...all while screaming and moaning that Obama hasn't fixed squat, yet the indicators all are showing stability, some upward movement, but more importantly, no decline. Somebody call a wahhhhhmbulance.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/26/12 at 12:22

lol, jvh.

By: govskeptic on 10/26/12 at 1:30

Mr Burch: This story is totally misrepresented in the first paragraph. This fellow
made it clear that the act of rape was not a God sent event, but did
state the pregnancy was a gift of God, which I'm certain not going to
agree with. But that has nothing to do with Romney in spite of what
those desperate hero's of yours on the TV talking heads want the
nation's voters to tie together.

These Friday afternoon Editorials have all started with some lame
example that's totally irrelevant to the Presidential race, followed by
a twisted connection to Romney as a partner to that example. This
Democrats good, Republicans bad and evil at worse point has been
made week after week. Yes, President Obama hits all the right points
as to the Moral issues, as well as the Israeli ones you obsess over.
The problem comes, however, when he has done nothing to improve
the huge unemployment, every growing poverty, and loss of income
and savings by millions of deserving people in our country. One more
Friday to go. Maybe a Gypsy inspired curse on Romney might work.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/26/12 at 2:17

Q3 GDP: U.S. economy picks up

gov, it's not improving as quickly as we would all like for it to but it is improving. BTW, what about that jobs bill Obama tried to pass?

By: bfra on 10/26/12 at 2:19

Ben - I voted today! Polls very busy, more cars in parking lot had Obama stickers than Romney & everyone that commented while waiting in line was voting Obama. Your pitiful tactics are not working & you are really unwilling to face fact, if you thought you could deter even 1 voter. Get over yourself.

Burch is right on with his comments about rape and what the righties have said. .

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/26/12 at 2:27



By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/26/12 at 2:27

bfra, where do you go to vote?

By: bfra on 10/26/12 at 2:30

I went to Edmondson Pike Library today.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/26/12 at 2:31


By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/26/12 at 2:31

That's not an overtly blue side of town, is it?

By: bfra on 10/26/12 at 2:35

With early voting, that is hard to say. I have talked to people from several different area that come there for early voting, because the work near by.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/26/12 at 2:41

Well, that is a good point.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/26/12 at 2:42

Wait - they're on lunch break and they support Obama? Wow, they have jobs? LOL

By: bfra on 10/26/12 at 2:45

Truth be told, there are lots of people that could have jobs, if they really wanted one. Like bud, for example! But wait, you do have to work to hold a job.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/26/12 at 3:02

Yep. So much for the myth that Obama supporters don't work.

By: yogiman on 10/26/12 at 3:13

Are you an atheist, B2? I notice you don't use the capital "G" when you mention God.

By: BenDover on 10/26/12 at 3:21

Delude yourselves anyway you want. Obama's going down in Tennessee by 10+.

Neither of the candidates are even advertising in the state the spread is so high.

If you want to do something productive you should start to work on a bill in our state legislature to pro-rate Tennessee's electors based on the popular vote so that your vote will actually count for something next time.

I personally think it would be very good for the state to do so and after this years election and after suffering the exact same thing with your vote meaning nothing in 2008 either; I don't know why any Tennessee Democrat would disagree.

By: yogiman on 10/26/12 at 3:27

What can you tell me, jvh2b?

You seem to be such an admirer with knowledge of "Barack Obama" I feel sure you know a lot about him personally. What can you tell me about him? Where was he born, in Kenya; as he has claimed, or Hawaii, as he has also claimed? Did he repatriate to his American citizenship from his Indonesian citizenship or is he still an Indonesian citizen? Or if he was born in Kenya as he has claimed, has he ever been an American citizen?

It would be great to get to know him. That is, if he would be willing to tell us who he is legally. I mean; is he Barry Soetoro, or is he Barack Obama?

By: bfra on 10/26/12 at 3:28

Ben, Ben, Ben - My vote means something whether the one I voted for is elected or not. By your attitude, guess you didn't vote, huh?

By: bfra on 10/26/12 at 3:30

(flush) Duck when that sky falls Chicken Little or run, run, run.

By: pswindle on 10/26/12 at 3:32

What I want to know, where are the wives of these crazy people that say that if raped, you have to have the child. They must be maried to bullies and they must be afraid of them. Do they beat their wives and cover it up? Why would a woman let a man degrade her like this? Are they married to men that will not let them have an idea or opinion? I just can't beleive it. Women stand up for you rights. All you need to do is have a headache or simply refuse sthem. If they beat you go to the hospital and let them call the police. Amen to women.

By: yogiman on 10/26/12 at 3:33


If they start issuing the Electoral vote equal to the popular vote, why would they need the Electoral vote?

I suggest you listen to a man named Bill Whittle who describes the reason for the Electoral College. He can explain it a helluva lot better than I.

You can find him of youtube.

By: bfra on 10/26/12 at 3:39


By: yogiman on 10/26/12 at 3:40


If you don't vote, you have no reason to gripe. I've already voted and by damn it I'll going to argue about a usurper in our office. Yea, all of us own that office. A man in there illegally doesn't deserve to sit down in there.

And don't say he was elected. Even if you win the popular vote, you can't technically win the vote.

By: yogiman on 10/26/12 at 3:45

Quit flushing your head down that commode, fool. You're going to drown in a couple of weeks because you won't be able to pull it back out when Barry is thrown out the door.

Let's see what happens after the election. What will Barry try to pull before Jan. 20 when Romney "whups his a$$".

By: Captain Nemo on 10/26/12 at 3:59


By: bfra on 10/26/12 at 4:07


By: yogiman on 10/26/12 at 4:18

You, too, dumba$$. With a brain as small as yours it might go down to the septic tank on the first flush.

By: bfra on 10/26/12 at 4:23

(Big Flush)

By: yogiman on 10/26/12 at 4:56


With your dubious intelligence I wonder if you even know what a flush is?

By: yogiman on 10/26/12 at 5:23

Ya know, B2,

It's interesting to wonder what you was thinking when you spelled God's name as 'god', but you sure did spell Viagra correctly in your 1258 post. Which word do you use the most?

By: BenDover on 10/26/12 at 5:39

Yogi, I'm fully aware of how and why the electoral college works.

I'm suggesting that the state use its right to allocate those Electors based on the popular vote rather than winner take all. The state can do it without any federal consequence whatsoever without any change to the U.S. Constitution and without diminishing the smaller states' slight advantage in elector counts.

By: yogiman on 10/26/12 at 7:00

Correct me if I'm wrong, BenDover,

But if the Electoral College vote is allocated to match the Popular vote, why have an Electoral vote?

I'm sure our founding fathers knew what they were doing when that was placed in our Constitution. The election could go through with the popular vote from only three or four states. I like to have my vote known also.

By: BenDover on 10/26/12 at 10:27

Because the system I described maintains the 2 electoral vote per state advantage/compromise that smaller states accepted when they joined the republic as a check against being totally overridden by a tyranny of the majority in larger population states.

I'm not saying take away or add to any state's electors... I'm saying that the state can decide to apportion the electors, instead of winner take all, proportionally based on the popular vote of the presidential candidate within the state.

There is no need to change anything at the federal level and it's almost shocking to me that the equal protection clause under the 14th amendment doesn't require states to do so.

By: Mike Burch on 10/27/12 at 2:00


I consider it high praise when right-wing religious fanatics damn me for quoting what their leaders actually said. They don't even have the decency to be ashamed that male chauvinists are ready, willing and able to kill girls and women, in order to win the presidency.


By: Mike Burch on 10/27/12 at 2:12


My point is that Romney's and the RNC's stance is MORE EXTREME than Akin's, since Akin would at least have mercy on victims of "legitimate rape," however offensive the term may be, and impossible to define.

It's amusing to see the right-wingers shooting the messenger. I didn't put words in the mouth of Romney and the RNC. I simply pointed out that if one idiot says "Let's give women a break if they are 'legitimate' victims of rape, or if they can prove that they were 'forcibly' raped," then Romney is an even bigger idiot when he says, "No, let's get rid of abortion under all circumstances. "

Romney is on record more than once as saying that he wants to get rid of abortion under all circumstances. That is also the official stance of the RNC. And yet the morons castigate people like Akin who are less extreme.

This is the great white hope (or Dope) of the Republicans ... Bishop Romney, who wears magical undies and is incapable of simple logic.

By: Mike Burch on 10/27/12 at 2:15


You ask good questions. Ann Romney, the wife of Bishop Romney, says that she never argues with him. She seems to be a Stepford wife, to me.

By: Mike Burch on 10/27/12 at 2:25

Here is a page of Ann Romney quotes:


How do the minds of the wives of right-wing religious fanatics work? Do they work at all? Ann Romney is full of wonderful ideas. She says that rich mothers should be given credit for hard work if they are stay-at-home moms, but she and her husband don't give poor mothers the same credit. She says that her dressage horse has more class in its hoof than people who don't vote for her husband. She talks down "you people" and "those people" who question her husband's tax returns. She thinks she and Mitt had it really tough when he earned two Harvard degrees without having to work, because they had to sell some AMC stock to make ends meet. The stock was a present from Mitt's father, the CEO of AMC. She complained that they were unable to entertain while Mitt was working on his degrees.

Can anyone imagine Michelle Obama saying such things?

By: Mike Burch on 10/27/12 at 2:33


You said, "For the last half dozen or so columns Burch has chosen to portray Romney and Ryan as what might best be described at the Love children of Mary Shelly and Bram Stoker... "

But that seems overly generous to Bishop Romney and Lyin' Ryan. I certainly didn't mean to give them that much credit!

By: govskeptic on 10/27/12 at 4:25

Roe vs Wade will never be overturned by our Supreme Court no matter who
sits in the Presidency.. Shooting the messenger is very appropriate when the
messenger is totally or mostly false. Romney has stated, unlike your
incorrect statement on "getting rid of it in all circumstances", that he would be
in favor of it in the instances of forcible rape, incest, and threat to the life of
the mother. As to your jealously driven slam on Ann Romney, who has
produced 5 children, your backup quotes used are incorrect and most
laughable of all, comes from your very own produced source " thehypertexts.com".

This emperor who has never had any clothes, other than those produced
in a self biography and resume, will be revealed in a few more short days.

By: Rasputin72 on 10/27/12 at 6:36

The outcome of this election has been in ev idence for several months. The majority of people do not have the money to meet their own expectations. The majority of people think that the people who can afford private schools and second homes and a third car and first class airline tickets ,a secure retirement,country club memberships should contribute more to the meager existence of the majority.

This desire leads to voting for Barack Hussein Obama. It could just as easily have been Machine Gun Kelly or Charles Manson had they been the Democratic candidate.;

I offer only the following tribute to the privileged class. "LET THE BIG DOG EAT"

By: Captain Nemo on 10/27/12 at 8:04

Mike what has replaced the GOP PRINCIPLES of yesterday is greed. Today it is power at any cost or virtue, just as long as the gluttons have their supremacy. “Let the big dog eat,” approach is in fact that of a wild animal’s mentality and not that of a civilized human.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/27/12 at 8:25

By: govskeptic on 10/26/12 at 2:30
Mr Burch: This story is totally misrepresented in the first paragraph. This fellow
made it clear that the act of rape was not a God sent event, but did
state the pregnancy was a gift of God, which I'm certain not going to
agree with.


I would like to say that in the heat of the moment and in a quick to answer a question. People’s true thoughts noticeable come to the surface, before their “Political Correct” side step takes place. Mourdock and Atkins are victims of their own up-bring and archaic way of thinking, in a modern society. There is no place for their brand of philosophy today, nor should there ever have been.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/27/12 at 8:34

Rasputin wants us to believe that he is of the upper-class, but the truth of his birth right shows us that he was born of the lower class. Maybe even a sub-class of West Nashville denizen. No our boy Rasputin is not of upper-class genes.

He may or may not have the money his says he has, but money does not make a person of upper class. Style gives people class. Compassion gives people class. Understanding ones own ability give people class. Rasputin with all of his bragging about the amount of money he may have does not make him an upper class person. It only shows his like of understanding of what real class is.