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Congressman Akin's rape comment is an outrage

Congressman Todd Akin, a member of the House and a Tea Party Republican Senate nominee, said that survivors of "legitimate rape" have biological defenses against pregnancy.

The statement of Congressman Todd Akin was so ignorant and irresponsible, it is almost laughable. "First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare... If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." It appears that Mr. Akin needs some explaining to do.

Shut it down, as if the sperm and the egg have prior knowledge of a rape that is about to occur. According to the American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists "rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency" and over 32,000 pregnancies each year result from rape.” There are not many women that are willing to conceive a child by a criminal, whether that criminal behavior is done by her husband or boyfriend. Rape is rape; an irreversible act of violence. Once again we see the aim to redefine “rape” being put to the test, just to see how far this can go.

Perhaps funds would be better routed to finding the root cause of these rapes, especially the rapes involving incest. More psychological funding of these perpetrators would seem feasible. Let us study and follow the victims of such crimes so we can reassure them that their wrongs will be righted and the prosecution of these offenders will ensue. Children, especially, are vulnerable to these types of reprehensible acts, and so protection for them is of the utmost importance.

Comments made by Ryan are not unique among certain groups, so we vent our dissatisfaction, and let them feel the wrath of our dissension in droves of signatures on petitions and heard in media in many angry voices.

These types of comments will not be tolerated, and trying to hush only fuels the charge and foments anger. Ryan needs to resign his post and apologize for his lack of knowledge and his ignorance concerning such sensitive issues as rape and its true definition. Ryan is basing this knowledge from Dr. Jack C. Willke.

“The assertion can be traced back to Dr. Jack C. Willke, the former president of the U.S. National Right to Life Committee. Willke and his wife, Barbara, are leading anti-abortion advocates and authors of the book “Why Can't We Love Them Both: Questions and Answers About Abortion." They contend in the book, first published in 1971 that “assault rape” rarely results in pregnancy because the assault traumatizes the woman and makes her body less habitable. "It’s just downright unusual for a woman to get pregnant from a rape," Willke said in an interview Monday. He said studies have shown this to be true, but produced little evidence beyond a few footnotes that cite a handful of decades-old papers.”

It has become a sad and scary world when men of this ilk have mindsets that hearken back to the “olden days” when it was deemed appropriate for a woman to be beaten and scorned in the name of religion and God, and to be mistreated and accused of infidelities to satisfy some weak defense. Congressman Ryan needs to step down from his post and apologize if he has not already done so. We the people (especially the feminine among us) demand it.


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