August 27th, 2012 · Editorial
Missouri congressman Todd Akin’s assertion that a woman’s biology will automatically prevent pregnancy if she is “legitimately raped,” raises some perplexing questions not the least of which is, how does a woman’s body distinguish “legitimate rape” from what presumably must exist as an illegitimate form of rape?
If as Mr. Akin avers, the stress of enduring a rape will prevent conception then what of statutory rape? It often occurs in the absence of force and undue stress—two teenagers in love, one of whom is just shy of the age of consent. If it is the girl who is underage will her body recognize that she has been statutorily raped and thereby prevent an unwanted pregnancy?
If we assume that a woman’s subconscious, influenced by the stress of being raped, can induce her body to block conception or even terminate a pregnancy then we are compelled to acknowledge that humans are either created by god or evolved by nature to induce and apply contraception and abortion under certain circumstances be they legal, moral, conscious or subconcious.
© 2012 Michael Maurer Smith
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