Rep. W. Todd Aiken: Pregnancies from Rape are Rare Hot

Representative W. Todd Aiken [R-MO] says in an interview with KTVI-TV that pregnancies from rape are rare, therefore rape victims don't need an exception from laws making abortion a crime.

"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. ...

Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something,. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."

The truth, according to a 1996 study published by the American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, is that "rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency" and is "a cause of many unwanted pregnancies." This study further found that around "32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year."

This is part of a larger and long-running Republican attempt to get people to believe that some rapes are "legitimate" while others aren't, thereby undermining the perception of rape as bad and also undermining access to abortion.


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