\”First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,\” Mr Akin told a local television channel. \”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.\”
The Senatorial candidate who said that has of course walked into a firestorm. And is busilly retracting his remarks.
But leave aside all of that., leave aside even the implications. What I\’d like to know is is it actually true?
Is a stranger rape (what I assume he means by \”legitimate\”) less likely to result in pregnancy than any other sexual episode?
I\’m sure it doesn\’t lead to a zero possibility: but I can imagine that it could have a lower probability (for there are things that we know increase the likelihood of pregnancy, none of which are likely in a case of rape).
But does anyone know?