Rep. Todd Akin is on a SCIENCE COMMITTEE? He doesn’t know how the science or biology works!
He recently said:
"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."
As Sarah Seltzer pointed out, women aren’t ducks. This is the latest in a series of untruths from radical members of the GOP. Akin tried to walk it back on Former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s radio show, saying:
"I made that statement in error. Let me be clear: rape is never legitimate; it’s an evil act that’s committed by violent predators. I used the wrong words in the wrong way. What I said was ill-conceived and it was wrong, and for that, I apologize."
You know what’s ill-conceived, Todd? Pregnancies resulting from rape. Because they do happen. From the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology:
The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year.
CONCLUSIONS: Rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency. It is a cause of many unwanted pregnancies and is closely linked with family and domestic violence. As we address the epidemic of unintended pregnancies in the United States, greater attention and effort should be aimed at preventing and identifying unwanted pregnancies that result from sexual victimization.
That’s from people who actually do the science for a living, Todd.
He continues to dig the hole deeper, explaining that he “never used the word legitimate to refer to the rapist, but to false claims like those made in Roe v. Wade and I think that simplifies it. There isn’t any legitimate rapist. [I was] making the point that there were people who use false claims, like those that basically created Roe v. Wade.”
Even Rush Limbaugh has condemned Akin, claiming he doesn’t know how the science works. THAT Rush Limbaugh, you know, the one who thought you had take a birth control pill every time you had sex. That one.
But THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE?! Really?