Monday, February 29, 2016

The ghost of Akin haunts Idaho

Todd Akinism doesn't go away; it just lurks in the swamps of pseudo-science, waiting to infect another hapless gopper, something that would be alomst funny if these infected asshats weren't also legislators passing laws making legal abortion impossible to obtain. Case in point: Idaho.
Idaho lawmakers ratcheted up the abortion debate Thursday, as one state representative said he believes rape and incest are unlikely to result in pregnancy, and a party-line vote backed one of two bills championed this year by anti-abortion groups.
The bill in question would require women seeking abortions to be given a list of providers of free ultrasounds, and to be told they have a right to such a procedure and to hear a fetal heart monitor.
Backers said they believe such actions would make women more likely to decide against abortion. The measure makes no exception for victims of rape or incest.
During the hearing Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, said, “Now, I’m of the understanding that in many cases of rape it does not involve any pregnancy because of the trauma of the incident. That may be true with incest a little bit.”
His comment was directed to Angela Dwyer of Stanton Healthcare, a crisis pregnancy center, who was testifying in support of the bill. Dwyer told Nielsen that her center had treated two young rape victims and that one chose to keep her baby while the other offered her baby for adoption.
Nielsen stood by his remarks after the hearing, saying pregnancy “doesn’t happen as often as it does with consensual sex, because of the trauma involved.”
Asked how he knew that, he said, “That’s information that I’ve had through the years. Whether it’s totally accurate or not, I don’t know.”
He added, “I read a lot of information. I have read it several times. … Being a father of five girls, I’ve explored this a lot.”
The scientific consensus on the issue is that rape is as likely to result in pregnancy as consensual sex, and some studies suggest the rate of pregnancy is higher in rape. A 2003 study that appeared in the scientific journal “Human Nature,” for instance, found that the rate of pregnancy from rape exceeded the rate of pregnancy from consensual sex by a “sizable margin.” [my bolding]
btw---Akin apologized at some point for his stupidity, still lost the 2014 Missouri senate race, then unapologized, saying he regretted the apology. There's lots of things I regret, among them the fact that Todd Akin and Pete Nielsen ever were allowed near a microphone. I also regret that apparently you can't be too stupid to breathe. 

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