A few choice words about Todd Akin, “legitimate rape” and the consequences of pregnancy resulting from rape.
Whew, I feel so much better knowing this. Todd Akin, one of Missouri’s Republican representatives in Congress knows all about how rape affects a woman, and he told an interviewer on Sunday:
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
Actually, it is fairly common to become pregnant from a rape. In a three-year study by the Medical University of South Carolina, it was found that:
“The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result…
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