Poor Willard. Here he is, trying to be as deceptive as possible about so many things, and someone like Todd Akin, the idiot right wing fanatic in Missouri who shot off his mouth about whether all rape victims have been "legitimately" raped, blows his cover. Willard officially repudiated Akin's message. But you see, the sick, ludicrous idea that rape hardly ever results in pregnancy (!) has been promoted most prominently by someone that Willard himself was mentored by, John Willke. The story is here:
Here is what this Dr. Willke (who is the source for Akin’s “female body shuts down pregnancy” hokum) has said about pregnancy and rape:
Dr. John C. Willke, a general practitioner with obstetric training and a former president of the National Right to Life Committee, was an early proponent of this view, articulating it in a book originally published in 1985 and again in a 1999 article. He reiterated it in an interview Monday.
“This is a traumatic thing — she’s, shall we say, she’s uptight,” Dr. Willke said of a woman being raped, adding, “She is frightened, tight, and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic.”
A physician and former president of the National Right to Life Committee, Willke was an “important surrogate” for Romney’s 2008 presidential bid. Willke is the oft-cited source of the theory that rape-related pregnancies are “rare.” The theory is sometimes used by antiabortion advocates to argue that abortion laws should not contain exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape or incest.
Willke believes that trauma caused by violent rape causes a woman’s reproductive system to shut down. He presents this belief as fact in educational materials, including a book about abortion and a website called abortionfacts.com. Willke’s views – and his role in promoting a theory that has been widely rejected in modern medicine – appear not to have concerned Romney in 2007, when he touted Willke’s endorsement.
“Dr. Willke is a leading voice within the pro-life community and will be an important surrogate for Governor Romney’s pro-life and pro-family agenda,” the Romney campaign said in an October 2007 statement.
“I am proud to have the support of a man who has meant so much to the pro-life movement in our country,” Romney said in the statement. “He knows how important it is to have someone in Washington who will actively promote pro-life policies. Policies that include more than appointing judges who will follow the law but also opposing taxpayer-funded abortion and partial-birth abortion.”
Insane nonsense. Shocking. Horrible. Why? Because this whole "can't get pregnant from a rape" lie is the basis of the Republican assertion that women who say they've been impregnated by a rapist are lying, and have no right to end the pregnancy.
Unbelievable. And the chief idiot spreading this garbage is admired and ENDORSED by Willard.
Women of America, draw your own conclusions.