The Republican party renews its official platform support for a "human life amendment" to the Constitution every presidential election season, much like normal folks who automatically renew their passport or insurance plan without thinking too much about it. Enduring protection of unborn children? Check! Soundbite about the sanctity of human life? Check! But everything got a little less perfunctory this time around, after Rep. Todd Akin caused Legitimate-RapeGate by telling the country that women's bodies wondrously protect them from getting pregnant after "legitimate rape," forcing the Romney-Ryan campaign to do some damage control by pledging that abortion would be allowed in the case of rape under a Romney administration.