Sexual Health Experts Call 'Legitimate Rape' Argument 'Nuts'

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Women can't get pregnant during rape because they're "uptight," according to one doctor.

"This is a traumatic thing — she's, shall we say, she's uptight," Dr. Willke said of a woman being raped. "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."

She's frightened ... so she's turned barren all of a sudden? Irrefutable scientific argument, Dr. Willke. And excellent use of the word "uptight" in that sentence. Anyway, let's turn to some logic before I start ripping out my hair. 

I don't know what "doctors" Akin was talking to when he delivered the quote that launched a million angry blog posts, but according to professionals in the field, the "you can't get pregnant when raped" argument is bunk.

"There are no words for this — it is just nuts," Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, told the NYT. And 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."

Besides, a 1996 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, estimated that 5 percent of rapes result in pregnancy, pretty on-par with the rate of non-rape pregnancies.

Let's let the actual doctors have the last word on this matter.

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