National Review Downplays Ryan-Akin Radicalism on "Personhood" and Abortion
The National Review has attempted to distract from Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) and Rep. Todd Akin's (R-MO) support of the extreme "Sanctity of Human Life Act " -- legislation that equates abortion and contraception to murder -- by neglecting  to mention its relevance to Akin's rape comments  and falsely  asserting potential bans on abortion aren't  a concern. But it is the act's radical redefinition of a fertilized egg as a person that Akin was defending with his imaginary claim that "legitimate rape" does not lead to pregnancy , and the fact that voters in conservative states have rejected similar "personhood " laws merely demonstrates how far outside the mainstream Ryan  and Akin  are.
In their move to distance conservative media from Akin's comments , the editors of the National Review called  for Akin to withdraw his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. However, this calculated  abandonment of Akin for announcing a right-wing view that the National Review acknowledges , but prefers kept under wraps, ignores the resurgent movement  to criminalize all forms of abortion. By omitting the relevance of the Sanctity of Human Life Act  to Akin's comments and the editorial's claim  that "no state is going to ban abortion in the case of rape even if Roe v. Wade is overruled," the editorial is perpetuating frequent contributor Ramesh Ponnuru's attempts  to gloss over Ryan and Akin's hostility to reproductive rights.
Indeed, the National Review's misdirection is even more apparent now that it appears  the 2012 Republican platform  will once again  support a so-called "human life amendment" to the Constitution that would criminalize abortion in all circumstances. Furthermore, not only is the National Review's reassurance on state abortion bans irrelevant if reports on the GOP platform are accurate, it is wholly misrepresentative  of recent state efforts to infringe on women's constitutional rights. In fact, conservative-leaning states have seen multiple  attempts at "personhood" bills similar to Ryan and Akin's legislation. This fall, Colorado  will likely again have a "personhood" ballot initiative presented to its voters, even though the unconstitutional measure just failed in Mississippi  and was held "void on its face " in Oklahoma by the state Supreme Court.
Accordingly, it is unsurprising that Akin's apology for becoming "nationally notorious...for saying something stupid " was specifically only  for the "words I said" in reference to rape and not for "the heart I hold," wherein presumably all abortion is criminalized pursuant to "personhood" legislation. A radical criminalization that, the National Review fails to mention, could also apply to in-vitro fertilization , stem-cell research , most forms of contraception , and even miscarriage .