In many states a rapist has parental rights. Should a woman be forced to carry her rapist's baby to term?
When asked about abortion and rape, Republican Todd Akin said:
"Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. 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. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."
Doctors say this is absolute hogwash. Women who are raped can, and often do, get pregnant.
And, in many states, a rapist has parental rights and the victim could be tied to her rapist for eighteen years, shuffling her child to and from his residence. This is true even in the case of incest!
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