Rep. Henry Aldridge: Women Who are Raped Don't Get Pregnant

North Carolina state Rep. Henry Aldridge, a periodontist, says that women who are raped don't get pregnant because women's lady part create a magical barrier to prevent fertilization.

"The facts show that people who are raped -- who are truly raped -- the juices don't flow, the body functions don't work and they don't get pregnant.

Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever."

Later, Aldridge will defend these comments:

"To get pregnant, it takes a little cooperation. And there ain't much cooperation in a rape."

The truth, according to a 1996 study published by the American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, is that there are around 32,101 pregnancies in the United States each year that are produced by rape. According to ACOG figures, any single act of a rape of some aged between 12 and 45 has about a 5% chance of resulting in pregnancy. This is no different from the chances of pregnancy for someone who has consensual sex.

Aldridge's comments here are part of a larger and long-running Republican effort to undermine people's commitment to legal access to abortion.

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Victims of "Legitimate" Rape Don't Get Pregnant

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