A doctor says Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s (R) controversial “misstatement” about rape and conception was actually not far off base.
In a recent interview on national television, Akin made a misstatement in attempting to explain medical information on the occurrence of conception through rape.
“From what I understand from doctors, [conception as a result of rape is] really rare,” he said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist and not attacking the child.”
Speaking this week on American Family Radio’s “Today’s Issues,” Jane M. Orient, M.D. of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) said that although Akin did not express himself adequately, there is medical data to back up what he was trying to say.
“I think Akin was making a statement that in cases of forcible rape, pregnancy is quite uncommon,” Dr. Orient declares. “And there are medical textbooks that support what he says.”
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