CHICAGO - The Biggert campaign wanted to make sure Illinois Review readers saw that the Congresswoman Judy Biggert (IL-13) took on her House colleague Todd Akin's (MO) controversial statements earlier this week by coming out strong at the National Sexual Assault Conference in favor of the Violence Against Women Act's reauthorization.
The Republican House majority passed a version of the Violence Against Women Act earlier this year that Biggert opposed. Biggert was one of two Republican women that voted against the GOP version of the VAWA because it did not specifically cover LGBT or illegal citizen abuse victims.
Ms. Biggerts' comments are referenced in the Daily Herald:
Biggert came out strong against Missouri Congressman Todd Akin’s recent “legitimate rape” comment in addressing attendees of the Chicago conference.
Biggert repeated her earlier position that Akin’s comments were “uninformed” and “offensive,” drawing applause from the attendees.
“We all know that oftentimes rape does lead to pregnancy,” Biggert said. “For this, and many other reasons, the service that you provide to victims of rape and sexual assault are critical, as is a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own body. Frankly, I don’t believe Mr. Akin’s views are shared by any member of Congress. But I hope his comments can be used by the sexual assault community to reclaim and further your mission to increase public awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault and rape.”
"A women's right to make her own decisions about her own body," Mrs. Biggert said. In other words, a woman or a young girl's right to decide whether she will protect her body and destroy the body of the child she's carrying is protected by VAWA. In Illinois, minors unbelievably have the right to make such a decision without parental notification - and it's a position Mrs. Biggert strongly advocates, as she advocates in VAWA.
The Illinois group's leader Polly Poskin congratulated Biggert's pro-abortion stance:
“We are talking about people who, short of murder, have had the most heinous experience one could imagine,” Poskin said. “You want every human being to know that we’ll do everything possible to keep you safe, to find your attacker and make sure you have the support you need to recover. Right now, it feels like we’re protecting the criminals by not reauthorizing the act.
Except, Ms. Poskin, those comments are interesting. They do not raise the issue of who will protect the possible innocent life conceived, who will experience murder in the form of abortion simply because they were conceived in a criminal attack.
How does one justify that position?
And what about those voters who oppose illegal immigrants and same sex complaints receiving special protection in abuse situations?