OxyMORONS: On the Absurd Idea of ‘Legitimate Rape’

Yesterday, Rep. Todd Akin (Mo.) made the internet nearly explode when, in response to a question about why he oposes abortion even in cases of rape during an interview, he said that “legitimate rape” doesn’t result in pregnancy. According to Akin, also the GOP’s senatorial candidate in Missouri, a woman’s body has some sort of magical defenses so that, if she is legitimately sexually assaulted, she does not end up pregnant. The flip side of that argument? If a woman claims that she was raped–and only women are raped, I guess–and tests show that she is pregnant? Well, I suppose she wasn’t raped, then.