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Akin and His Critics

jko Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 3:10 PM
That study doesn't say anything about what the chance of a raped woman getting pregnant is. In fact the sample is 16 women from a village in Guatemala. How does their miscarriage rate prove anything about the chance of conception among women who were raped? Isn't it a leap of faith to assume rape produces cortisol and stress at a high enough rate to stop conception? Wouldn't it be better to look at the pregnancy rate for rape victims and the chance of getting pregnant from one-time unprotected sex? This report indicates pregnancy rate of 5% from rape and a 3.1% of getting pregnant from one-time unprotected sex.

Todd Akin would do his party and his country a service by stepping aside. The rest of the campaign will be dominated by this side issue, possibly denying Republicans a key Senate seat. To use the words "legitimate" and "rape" in the same phrase betrays a serious lack of judgment. Only about 1 percent of women undergoing abortions report that they were raped, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. One percent is not zero.

That much having been said, I must offer a mild dissent to the widespread view expressed by both Republicans and Democrats that what...