Akin's comments on rape and pregnancy may be rooted in U of M paper

Missouri Congressman and Senate candidate Todd Akin ignited a firestorm by asserting that rape victims rarely become pregnant and suggesting women may have biological defenses against conception through rape. The argument may be rooted in a 40-year-old paper written by a University of Minnesota professor. Subsequent research disputes the paper's theories, but the work has long been cited by anti-abortion activists.
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Missouri Congressman and Senate candidate Todd Akin ignited a firestorm by asserting that rape victims rarely become pregnant and suggesting women may have biological defenses against conception through rape. The argument may be rooted in a 40-year-old paper written by a University of Minnesota professor. Subsequent research disputes the paper's theories, but the work has long been cited by anti-abortion activists.

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