Skip to comments.Pregnancy is less likely after rape, leading ob/gyn says
Posted on 08/29/2012 1:31:49 PM PDT by NYer
Dr. Thomas Hilgers, a Creighton University obstetrics professor and director of the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, has revealed that statistics show women are less likely to become pregnant when they are raped than when they engage in consensual intercourse.
Noting that the emotional impact of rape often clouds a legitimate and truthful discussion, Dr. Hilgers said that a study of rape victims in Nebraska found that only 1.6% became pregnant, whereas a random sample would have found 2-4% of all women pregnant after an act of intercourse. He concluded that complex mechanisms of human ovulation and its interaction with stress could explain the discrepancy.
Dr. Hilgers made his observation in the context of a debate provoked by statements from Rep. Akins, the Missouri candidate for the US Senate, who has come under intense criticism for saying that a womans body has methods of preventing pregnancy after rape. Dr. Hilgers emphasized that although some such forces may be at work, they are not under the womans control.
Dr. Hilgers also stressed that pregnancies resulting from rape account for only a tiny proportion of all pregnancies, and for less than 0.01% of all abortions. He added: Furthermore, of those rape victims, 98.4% of them will not be helped in any fashion by abortion; and, for those who are aborted, they are then potentially confronted with a double dose of psychological trauma.
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So what? Why is this relevant?
There are millions of potential rape victims breathing a huge sigh of relief.
So, Dr Aiken WAS right! The media owe him an apology, and the RNC owes him $5 million of campaign funding!
Congressman Akin was too quick starting his apology tour instead of just taking the hits and moving on to other issues such as the economy.
No, it’s a crock of *ite.
1.6% vs 2-4%. I mean, what’s the difference between 2-4% and 3 +/-33%?
If your taking data from a collection of information you have an exact numerical sampling and they either got pregnant or they didn’t. So why 2%-4%? This should be a finite number.
It means you have an uncontrolled sampling, but who wants to do a controlled sampling of rape vs pregnancy anyway.
I actually saw a National Geographic show about sex that stated a woman in a marriage or committed relationship is less likely to get pregnant when she has an affair. They had several doctors state that the woman’s body adapted to the regular partner’s sperm and would fight off a new one.
Why is it so hard to believe that a woman under a huge amount of stress from being raped, is less likely to become pregnant than would be otherwise?
But only if it’s a “legitimate” rape. If the rapee actually liked it all bets are off.
Tell that to 31,000 women last year and then add that till the child is 18 or 21 - looks like a big number to me. Tell Akin he and Trent Lott are why we don’t suffer fools.
Making this observation does not in any way diminish the crime of rape. Anyone convicted of rape should have their privates slowly removed with a rusty blade.
But facts are stubborn things.
I think the first problem is in quantifying the difference between date rapes where the victim knew the perpetrator and the forcible rape scenarios where the perpetrator was either a complete stranger, or someone having no close relationship to the victim.
“So, Dr Aiken WAS right! The media owe him an apology, and the RNC owes him $5 million of campaign funding!”
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Proof of our evil times, Akin was condemned for being
totally for life...God’s way while Romney is praised for
being the man to lead our Country. Is that crazy?
Yes because Romney’s has record of legislating abortion, increasing the murder of the most innocent~! Plus, a second
abomination, furthering the homosexual agenda.
No need to discuss BHO, he has done the same.
Not to defend Akin, but this is absolutely true. To be graphic, not every rapist ejaculates. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if it's actually uncommon. As we've learned, rape is used for power/control/terrorizing the victim. Look at all the rapes that occur in prison. Men use it as a "weapon" to show dominance. It's not just uncontrollable lust.
Akin is still a fool, though.
As freeper 2harddrive commented:
So, (Congressman) Dr Aiken WAS right! The media owe him an apology, and the RNC owes him $5 million of campaign funding!
This would have had to be a woman OB/GYN for it to receive any traction.