No truth to akin's claim that rape hinders pregnancy, experts say

August 21, 2012 By Amanda Gardner, HealthDay Reporter
No truth to akin's claim that rape hinders pregnancy, experts say
Leading ob/gyn group in United States calls remarks 'inaccurate, offensive.'

(HealthDay) -- Health experts are strongly refuting the assertion by a Republican Congressman that pregnancy is much more unlikely if a woman is raped.

"That is absolutely false," said Dr. George Attia, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which counts 56,000 members, also called the remarks "medically inaccurate, offensive and dangerous."

At issue is a comment made recently by Representative Todd Akin (R-Mo.) that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant. By "legitimate" Rep. Akin apparently means "forcible."

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," said Akin, who is in a race to unseat Missouri's Democratic senator in the upcoming election.

Akin's remarks have unleashed a flurry of condemnations, including from Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has indicated that Akin should step out of the senatorial race, according to The New York Times.

While Akin's views on rape and pregnancy may come as a surprise to many, it is commonly cited in anti-abortion circles and stems at least partly from the writings of Dr. John Willke, former president of the National Right to Life Committee. He put forth the view in a book originally published in 1985.

Willke this week summarized his views to The New York Times, saying, "This [rape] is a traumatic thing -- she's, shall we say, she's uptight," he said of a woman who is being raped. "She is frightened, tight and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic."

Willke also contended that pregnancy is unlikely because half of rapists "do not deposit sperm in the vagina," either because (he said) many rapists aren't fertile and many prefer anal intercourse.

But Attia said this theory simply "doesn't make sense." The primary determinant of whether a woman gets pregnant or not is the timing of her menstrual cycle during which the intercourse occurred.

"If the rape happened at a certain of time of the cycle when the woman is fertile, she is going to get pregnant, just like anybody," Attia said.

And, according to ACOG, in the United States each year, 10,000 to 15,000 abortions occur among women who are victims of rape or incest. "An unknown number of pregnancies resulting from rape are carried to term," they noted in the statement released Monday.

"A woman who is raped has no control over ovulation, fertilization, or implantation of a fertilized egg (i.e., pregnancy). To suggest otherwise contradicts basic biological truths," ACOG said in the statement.

"Any person forced to submit to sexual intercourse against his or her will is the victim of rape, a heinous crime," the statement continued. "There are no varying degrees of rape. To suggest otherwise is inaccurate and insulting and minimizes the serious physical and psychological repercussions for all victims of ."

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3.6 / 5 (5) Aug 21, 2012
What a deliberately ignorant, uneducated religious moronic dickhead. Mankind has bee raping and pillaging for the last 10,000 years and history are full of stories of children born from those rapes. Not to mention refugees' accounts from the last few wars. And people voted for this twit to represent them?
3.7 / 5 (6) Aug 21, 2012
Akin is a grotesque parody of a human being, everything the world mocks us Americans for rolled into one evil little numbskull. So if his wife, daughter, sister, or granddaughter were raped and got pregnant, he would tell her she must have consented to the act?
1 / 5 (3) Aug 22, 2012
I know this white married woman who was raped by a back man and she became pregnant. Can someone please tell the cute, well adjusted 10yr old girl who's skin color is black,who is being raised by the woman her husband who together have had two kids, that she should have been killed for the crimes of her father. Who will look at this girl and say her mother should have killed her?

How vile our society has become that will exact the death penalty on it's victims, and yet leave the criminals live. I believe in the death penalty for rape. Most progressives would call for, or at least encourage the death penalty for the child, and understanding and early release for the rapist.

BTW they caught the rapist, he spent 8 years in jail, and is now free.

FYI, Progressives only care about victims when it suite them. When a Progressives like Bill Clinton or Roman Pulanski comits rape, is it rape or rape rape?
1 / 5 (3) Aug 22, 2012
Even though I know someone personally that was raped raped, or forcibly raped, or inappropriately raped, who actually got pregnant, the odds of getting pregnant is factually very low.
Now all you Progressives who feign caring for victims, the number of victims you need to care who actually get pregnant is remarkably small. Now since many of the perpetrators tend to be progressives, you can cut the number by at least 75% (75% of rapists most likely are progressives)

If the hypocrisy of the Progressives weren't so sad, it would be laughable.


Again, I say the death penalty for the rape rape rapist, not the innocent child conceived.
3 / 5 (2) Sep 03, 2012
"FREETHINKING" ; actually, assh*le, we progs and libs think society should be ready to care for ALL it's citizens if there is trouble that calls for it. it's called civic duty.

sorry you Randists can't understand that and would rather save your greedy tax dollars on some "social darwinism at any and every turn and at the cost of all humanity!

3 / 5 (2) Sep 03, 2012
BTW, i know a Jamaican woman who was raped and had a daughter.

after he daughter learned the truth of her conception, she became a heroin user to dull the emotional pain.

so, dumbsh1t (freek-thinker), no need for abortion, people can kill themselves in despair...
1 / 5 (1) Sep 04, 2012
ERIC, the AMERICAN TALIBAN is at the DNC convention. You can sign up there with the rest of the Progressives.

BTW, I agree that Progressives SAY they care for X,Y, and Z. Yet anyone who belives a progressive is as dumb as a person who would vote for Obama twice.

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