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Akin Breakin' Science

Unless you've had your head buried in the mantle of the Earth this week, you probably heard what Missouri Congressman Todd Akin said about women's bodies and rape. If you haven't, my friend Matt Lowry at Skeptical Teacher has the lowdown.
But in a nutshell - apt phrasing, that — Akin claimed that:
First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare... If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
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Rep. Todd Akin: Pregnancies from 'Legitimate Rape' Rarely Happen

This weekend, an interviewer asked Rep. Akin why he would not support a woman's right to choose abortion in cases of rape. Akin's shocking response?
"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 maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."
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