The Christian Defense Council is the first pro-life group to call on Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate Race. As Right Wing Watch notes, the CDC is run by a guy who protests abortion legislation by staging live ultrasounds, and who pals around with members of Operation Rescue. Yes, Todd Akin’s comment was so bad that he even landed to the right of people with their own Bad Religion song.
Anti-abortion groups are doing this as damage control: not only Akin is making the movement look bad, but he’s endangering the GOP’s chances of retaking the Senate, the occurrence of which would be a huge boon to anti-abortion legislation. Nonetheless, for a while it looked like the pro-life movement was completely unrestrained by any sort of limits; Todd Akin just showed us that there are places even the pro-life movement fears to tread. That’s good to know.