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Was Todd Akin just quoting Irish science on rape?

by | 23rd, August 2012

WAS Todd Akin, science expert, the Missouri-based expert in rape and inventor of the Pussy Portcullis, just quoting from Irish texts when he said “legitimate” rape does not make babies?

Up until Tuesday last, the pro-life website told one and all:

“Trauma from the rape may bring into play some natural defence mechanisms that reduce the likelihood of pregnancy, such as hormonal change and spasms of the Fallopian tubes, which inhibit ovulation or fertilisation. The chance of conception resulting from a single act of unprotected intercourse even between consenting fertile individuals has been estimated at only 2 to 4 per cent.”

Rapists worried about paternity tests were buoyed, happy to take those odds and run with them. But now the facts have been removed.

Youth Defence spokeswoman Ide Nic Mhathuna told the Irish Times:

“We are a voluntary organisation with a number of websites that are hard to keep up to date all the time. We reviewed the information on that particular website earlier this week and decided that the study upon which it was based was too old, so we removed it.”

Right on! Modern studies point to rape-to-baby percentile of less than 1%.

A good week for rapists just got better…

Also:  32,101 pregnancies result from rape every year, according to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

And in Philadelphia Daily News:

The odds that a woman who is raped will get pregnant are “one in millions and millions and millions,” said state Rep. Stephen Freind, R-Delaware County, the Legislature’s leading abortion foe. The reason, Freind said, is that the traumatic experience of rape causes a woman to “secrete a certain secretion” that tends to kill sperm.


In 1998, Fay Boozman, a Republican candidate for Senate in Arkansas, got in trouble for embracing this idea. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Boozman said the inability to get pregnant from rape stemmed from “God’s little protective shield”—a report Boozman denied before saying that it was in fact an “adrenaline rush” that prevented conception from rape.

Spotter: Irish Central

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