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Akin and His Critics

reader13 Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 9:40 AM
Thirty years ago when I was in college I was taught that women that are raped are in a state of trauma and it is much less likely that they will become pregnant (though not impossible). Before conservatives act without understanding (based on anecdotal and politically correct notions like liberals), we should take time to see if what he was saying was indeed true and counter with the truth not defensively out of fear. I applaud Mona for asking conservatives to stop and understand the truth before acting irrationally.

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...