Rep. Todd Akin: No pregnancy from 'legitimate rape'

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
Rep. Todd Akin: No pregnancy from 'legitimate rape'
35
Sun, 08-19-2012 - 7:41pm
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-14-2011

What is so frightening about a politician who believes that unborn human life is sacred?  Is that such an extreme position?  At least half of this country believes the same thing. He might not have stated his beliefs in the correct way, but thisemotional reaction by the left is totally overblown.  

I don't believe what he said demeans victims of rape, he is just stating a medical theory (maybe not a correct one, but onethat he believes is true).  How exactly is that demeaning?    And considering that 2-4% of rapes result in pregnancy, I wouldsay it is pretty rare that a rape leads to pregnancy.

And if you are upset by the word "legitimate", well obviously that was an extremely poor choice of words to convey what hewas trying to say.  But his intent was not to demean victims of rape, it was to point out that rape should not be used as themain issue to frame the abortion debate since so few pregnancy result from rape.

But regardless, some Republicans are calling for him to step down as the nominee and I agree.  We don't need thisdistraction (and that is exactly what the left wants) to take away from the real issues that are at stake with this election andwe need to keep the focus on the economy, jobs, and our debt.  

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Yeah, he walked his statement back and claimed he really meant "forcible rape" instead of "legitimate rape," like that is somehow more palatable.

Here's a statement from the ACOG, you know, people who actually understand female biology: http://www.acog.org/About_ACOG/News_Room/News_Releases/2012/Statement_on_Rape_and_Pregnancy

"Statement on Rape and Pregnancy
August 20, 2012

Washington, DC -- Recent remarks by a member of the US House of Representatives suggesting that “women who are victims of ‘legitimate rape’ rarely get pregnant” are medically inaccurate, offensive, and dangerous.

Each year in the US, 10,000–15,000 abortions occur among women whose pregnancies are a result of reported rape or incest. An unknown number of pregnancies resulting from rape are carried to term. There is absolutely no veracity to the claim that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.” A woman who is raped has no control over ovulation, fertilization, or implantation of a fertilized egg (ie, pregnancy). To suggest otherwise contradicts basic biological truths.

Any person forced to submit to sexual intercourse against his or her will is the victim of rape, a heinous crime. 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 rape."

If half of the country really believes what this ignorant jerk believes, then *that* is what is truly frightening. Sorry, but I don't choose to go back to the Middle Ages.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-14-2011

Yes, the headline is a deliberate misrepresentation of what Akin said.  It is implying that he said "no" pregnancies occur from a rape.  That is not what he said.  He said it is "rare" which means that it can happen. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
It's not "rare," nor is anything he said about female biology the truth. Additionally, he thinks there are varying degrees of rape. He's a misogynistic pig.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
It could be he's walking back on his statements because he doesn't want his electorate to know about his extreme ignorance about science and his deep contempt for women.

If he had just left the statement that he does not believe in abortion at all without exception, full stop, then this is not an issue would not have gone viral.

But that's not all he said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

There are only a few ways to interpret this statement. If a women becomes pregnant due to rape, it really wasn't rape because her body didn't react correctly, or she was lying about the rape. The "science" behind the statement is ridiculously ignorant. What does it matter of the percentage of women who do get pregnant due to rape is low? It is still tens of thousands of victims per year, and most elective-seeking politicians are unwilling to restrict their access to abortion.

This issue shows who are the principled science-denying whackjobs and hypercritical anti-abortion exception carvers. I am, of course, strongly in favor of a women's right to choose, so I will vote for neither of the above.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-03-2009
Phooey. In Todd's world, a sentient living human woman has less choice about the fate of her body, than whatever may have been conceived, through force and violence, in her uterus. Yeah, that IS an extreme position, particularly when it's not just mature women who suffer unwanted penetration.

What's more, Todd implies that if she truly didn't want sexual intercourse, there would be no pregnancy. Ergo, a woman who is raped and becomes pregnant wasn't really raped. If that's not demeaning, I don't know what is.

As for the number of pregnancies resulting from rape, do some research. I did and found this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8765248

Akin is fighting calls for him to withdraw from the senatorial race in Missouri. So is his opponent because she knows that he sounded his own death knell with the majority of women voters and not a few men. Before Todd decided to go Neanderthal, the race had been extremely close.

Jabberwocka

Avatar for xxxs
Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2010

Unless is is from the viewpoint of a rape victim who now finds herself pregnant and unable to get an abortion.

dragowoman

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

There is a difference between the stupid things that politicians say, and the frightening things they actually believe.

Worth repeating.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

What is so frightening about a politician who believes that unborn human life is sacred?

What is frightening is that anyone could hear what Akin said and relate it in anyway to "human life is sacred".

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
he is just stating a medical theory (maybe not a correct one, but one that he believes is true). How exactly is that demeaning? Really? REALLY? OMG....