Todd Akin, GOP Senate candidate: ‘Legitimate rape’ rarely causes pregnancy
From the WASHINGTON POST:
…“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin added: “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.”
According to a 1996 study, approximately 32,000 pregnancies result from rape annually in the United States, and about 5 percent of rape victims are impregnated…
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EDITOR: Atkin later recanted his observation. The outcry seems to be more about his saying it rather than if it is true and, if so, does it matter.