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A biology lesson

There are, of course, legitimate arguments and differing views on the issue of abortion. But this week’s news brings questions about those empowered to deal with the issue, and their knowledge about the basics of biology.
Missouri Congressman Todd Akin got one thing right; conception is rare in rape cases. I understand it happens in about 5% of sexual attacks. From there on, Akin was apparently in way over his head.
He talked about preventing pregnancies in a “legitimate rape” situation. Is he talking about a pregnant woman or girl falsely reporting that she had been raped? I’m sure that happens, but Akin’s language was terribly clumsy … if that’s what he meant.
He also said that women’s bodies are able to prevent pregnancies in those “legitimate rape” situations. Really? Is there some female physiology of which I … and the rest of the world … are completely unaware? Can a female simply “will” her body to avoid becoming pregnant?
Maybe Akin took political science instead of basic biology in the eighth grade.
Our thought for today is from Leo Rosten:
“I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.”

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08/24/2012 12:55AM
A biology lesson
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