Dr. John C. Willke: Bodies of Raped Women Work to Prevent Pregnancy

Dr. John C. Willke, the former president of the National Right to Life Committee, repeats the claim he has made in the past that when a women is raped, her lady parts magically work to prevent her from being pregnant.

"This is a traumatic thing — she’s, shall we say, she’s uptight. She is frightened, tight, and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic."

To say that this claim is merely false would be an understatement. Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, responds:

"There are no words for this — it is just nuts. ...

Yeah, there are all sorts of hormones, including ones that cause your heart to beat fast when you’re frightened. I’m not aware of any data that says that reduces a woman’s risk of getting pregnant."

In fact, there is no such data — but there is lots of scientific data which says exactly the opposite, namely that any single act of rape has the same chance of resulting in pregnancy as any single act of consensual sex: about 5%.

According to a study in the American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that there are around 32,101 pregnancies in the United States each year. This is real scientific data that Dr. John C. Willke has access to, but ignores.

The reason is simple: he and other conservative Christians are engaged in a long-term effort to delegitimize the idea that there should be any exceptions to laws that criminalize abortion — not rape, not incest, and not even the health of the woman. Denying that rapes result in many, if any, pregnancies is just one part of that.


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