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American Family Association Says Rep. Todd Akin is 'Right' about Raped Women Not Getting Pregnant

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This past weekend, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri) said in a TV interview with KTVI-TV that women who are "legitimate" victims of rape do not get pregnant.

Rep. Akin said: "It seems to me, first of all, what I understand from doctors is that’s really where, if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

After drawing criticism and eye rolls, Rep. Akin said in a statement that he “misspoke.”

However, today, Bryan Fisher of the American Family Association tweeted on Twitter: "Todd Akin is right: physical trauma of forcible rape can interfere w/ hormonal production, conception."

Fisher also linked to a an article on ChristianLifeResources.com entitled 'Rape Pregnancies Are Rare' by Dr. John C. Wilkie, who writes: "One of the most important reasons why a rape victim rarely gets pregnant, and that's physical trauma. Every woman is aware that stress and emotional factors can alter her menstrual cycle."

"To get and stay pregnant a woman's body must produce a very sophisticated mix of hormones. Hormone production is controlled by a part of the brain that is easily influenced by emotions. There's no greater emotional trauma that can be experienced by a woman than an assault rape. This can radically upset her possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation and even nurturing of a pregnancy."

TalkingPointsMemo.com reports that women do get pregnant from rape:

A 1996 study by the American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found “rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency” and is “a cause of many unwanted pregnancies” — an estimated “32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year.”

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