By Lee Christie
In an interview on The Jeco Report on Sunday Aug 19th, Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, Todd Akin claimed that women’s bodies have defences that make it rare that a rape would result in pregnancy.
In answering a question on abortion rights in the case of rape, Rep. Akin stated:
First of all from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy resulting from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down…
Akin went on to say that
I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.
Regardless of the moral argument presented, this claim should be of interest to skeptics as pseudoscientific claim. This claim is not new or unique and has been used publicly by other pro-life republican politicians.
Women can and do get pregnant from rape. In fact, more than five percent of all rapes result in pregnancy. That is one reason why Planned Parenthood is fighting so hard to make it mandatory for emergency rooms across the country to offer emergency contraception to women who have been raped.
You can view a clip of Akin’s comment here uploaded by YouTube user uploads1138: