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Akin and His Critics

John5840 Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 3:37 PM
Sorry, if Akin can refer to a 1970's report by Willke, then this is easily as valid. WIllke, remember, wrote that teh odds agaist against imprenation in rape were "millions and millions one." Regardless, if the topic was investigated then the results of that investigation would be available. This one ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8765248) concludes that just over 30,000 pregnancies result from rape each year. (Seems really high to me) Are 30,000 pregnancies rare? Several other analyses suggest that rape produces more pregnancies than consensual sinlge acts fo intercourse. The details are outlined at http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/context-and-variation/2012/08/20/here-is-some-legitimate-science-on-pregnancy-and-rape

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...