The roots of Rep. Todd Akin’s rape remarks

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ST. LOUIS (RNS) Two pages from a 1972 article have influenced two generations of anti-abortion activists hoping to build a medical case to ban all abortions without exception. By Tim Townsend and Blythe Bernhard.

  • gilcan

    This is madness. One “doctor” is presumed to know it all and make all of science useless! This only proves that many doctoral degrees aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, no matter what school issues them. It also proves that people who ignorantly and deceitfully select distorted scientific claims to support their mythological religious ideas are totally dishonest. They may as well stick with the crowd of other ignoramuses who consider the bible to be a textbook of history, science, and the latest in other studies.

  • Rockerbabe

    Again, men deciding what happens to women as if they really know; most do not have a clue. RAPE is RAPE and how a women handles the aftermath is NONE of your business, unless she makes it your business. ~32,000 women get pregnant every year as a result of rape. While it may or may not be a miniscule number to some of the men, it is a very real issue for the woman who has been assaulted. For women, our bodies belong to us, not to the church, not to the government, not to anyone but the woman who resides in that body. Pregnancy does not negitate a woman’s right to determine who or what gets to use her body for whatever their purposes happen to be. Forced childbearing, whatever the cause, is a form of slavery and a violation of a woman’s dignity and human rights. So you men talk all you want – keep digging that hole, because you will be down there for a long time, when it comes to rape and rape related pregnancy.

  • Jenifer Musselman

    The number of babies murdered in this nation averages 3300 per day! Over three
    thousand innocent lives being vacuumed out of their mother’s wombs every single day. What choice are we giving these people? What right do we have to destroy their bodies? Most abortions are the result of irresponsible and selfish behavior. I know, I had an abortion myself before I became a Christian. The babies would choose to live. It is barbaric and it is a national disgrace. God will not continue to bless a nation that murders babies. Period!