"We could learn from the Pilgrims by understanding that the Bible is not just a book of how to be nice to people, it is an entire blueprint for the way civilization can be structured."
Akin has indicated that rape won't result in pregnancy. Interview with Charles Jaco:
Q. "If an abortion could be considered in the case of, say, a tubal pregnancy or something like that, what about in the case of rape? Should it be legal, or no?"
Akin's so-called understanding is in willful ignorance of reality: over 32,000 pregnancies result annually in the United States by "legitimate rape." In a 1996 study the
A. "Well you know, people always want to try and make that as one of those things: 'Well, how do you, how do you, slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question?' It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something, you know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist, and not attacking the child."
"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.
Dr. David Grimes, a clinical professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina, said, that "to suggest that there's some biological reason why women couldn't get pregnant during a rape is absurd."
Todd Akin is a member of the House Committee on Science and Technology.