Well... he's scientifically correct. It is indeed true that the female body is drastically less likely to conceive from a rape, or while any other severe stressors are going on.
But how the hell does that answer the question? The question was not "how common is pregnancy resulting from rape?" The question was "would you deny a woman who's been rape access to abortion?"
I suppose he did, in a round-about way, which was "yes." We should force women to get raped all over again by carrying an unwanted fetus to term so they can reminded of their rape for the rest of their lives. Wonderful.
What a sick individual.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 08-19-12 at 09:08 PM.
If we are to argue women are equal beings to men, then they must also be equally responsible for their own decisions.
Personally? I tell all my partners before we ever have sex that if something goes wrong, I would abort, and I will not expect a dime. It provides them the chance to walk away then and there, before there is ever any risk of that happening. If they accept, they have no burden to pay for it. I did not ask for their opinion, so I won't permit them to help float mine. I would not feel comfortable with that.
Admittedly, an anti-abortionist, but a doctor nonetheless says:
Rep. Todd Akin: Wrong, But Not Alone | Mother JonesIn cases of rape, the rate of pregnancy is actually very rare. This is due to several factors which may affect conception. The victim is in immense emotional shock and her body in turn is affected. Statistics show that the rate of miscarriage is higher in these circumstances. A major factor contributing to the rare occurrence of conception in cases of rape is psychological trauma. Stress has been known to alter bodily functions, the menstrual cycle included. And in order for a woman to conceive a complex blend of hormones must be formed. The production of these certain hormones is easily affected by emotions, in which of course the rape itself factors in greatly. Hence, the chances of actual conception—ovulation, fertilization, implantation—for the rape victim are considerably lowered.
I most certainly don't agree with his stance, but my common sense tells me that what he said about pregnancy in rape situations may possibly be true. I doubt there've been studies. But I do know we're little chemical factories...and our chemistry has to be within certain normal parameters to get preggers.
Thank you, Quazi!
Health Directorate - Rape Related Pregnancy
I would love to see some real documentation however.How likely is it to fall pregnant after being raped?
It is difficult to determine how many pregnancies occur as a result of rape. A large study in America found that 5% of rapes resulted in a pregnancy. The majority of these pregnancies were in young women who had been raped by a known and often related person.