Rep. Todd Akin continues to dig himself deeper in the ‘legitimate rape’ much, by clarifying his comment saying women make ‘false claims’ about being raped. He said the following on Mike Huckabee’s show:
Think Progress: You know, Dr. Willke has just released a statement and part of his letter, I think he just stated it very clearly. He said, of course Akin 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.
It’s interesting to note that John Willke, the pro-life doctor linked to Todd Akin’s forcible rape claims, backed Mitt Romney in 2007. Romney embraced John Willke as an ‘important surrogate.’ Um, I wonder how he feels about him now? Chances are he will throw him under a bus.
Dr. John C. Willke, a general practitioner with obstetric training and a former president of the National Right to Life Committee, was an early proponent of this view, articulating it in a book originally published in 1985 and again in a 1999 article. He reiterated it in an interview Monday.
“This is a traumatic thing — she’s, shall we say, she’s uptight,” Dr. Willke said of a woman being raped, adding, “She is frightened, tight, and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic.”
Leading experts on reproductive health, however, dismissed this logic.
“There are no words for this — it is just nuts,” said Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. Source: NY Times
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