Pro-Rape Claire McCaskill says that going on vacation is more traumatic than sexual assault

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Pro-Rape Claire McCaskill says that going on vacation is more traumatic than sexual assault

Con­gress­men Todd Akin, when asked a “gotcha” ques­tion about rape and abor­tion, stated that women who are raped are less likely to get preg­nant than their peers who had vol­un­tary inter­course. This med­ically accu­rate fact gen­er­ated this response from Sen. Claire McCaskill, who will face Akin in the gen­eral election:

As a woman & for­mer pros­e­cu­tor who han­dled 100s of rape cases, I’m stunned by Rep Akin’s com­ments about vic­tims this AM.”

She later released a state­ment con­demn­ing her rival as “igno­rant about the emo­tional and phys­i­cal trauma brought on by rape.”

The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the seri­ous crime of rape and the impact on its vic­tims are offen­sive,” she continued.

Well, my woman-​hating Ms. McCaskill, let’s exam­ine the facts, shall we? Stress, long hours at work, and jet lag — even from going on vaca­tion! — can delay ovu­la­tion and seri­ously under­mine a woman’s abil­ity to get preg­nant. But in pro-​rape Claire’s world, sex­ual assault doesn’t change a woman’s risk of preg­nancy because she thinks that rape is less trau­matic than fly­ing to Europe.

The med­i­cine backs this up. From the CNN​.com arti­cle, women who are raped have a 5% risk of get­ting preg­nant; this is lower, by a sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant mar­gin, than the 8% chance of get­ting preg­nant with unpro­tected sex. In fact, you’re about 40% less likely to get preg­nant when raped than when hav­ing vol­un­tary sex. If that all-​nighter at work delays ovu­la­tion, the total phys­i­cal and phys­i­o­log­i­cal trauma of forced inter­course will wreck havoc on a woman’s body. Akin is 100% cor­rect on the med­i­cine, and entirely cor­rect in his under­stand­ing of just how seri­ous rape is. McCaskill is the one mak­ing light of it.

But medically-​ignorant, “rape is less trau­matic than jet lag” Claire McCaskill would like to ignore that fact for polit­i­cal gain. We have words for women like that, which are spelled mostly like the word for your parent’s sis­ter, but not.

Update: (DaT­e­chGuy) The vul­tures are cir­cling around Mr. Akin but the wound was self inflicted. There is talk about remov­ing him from the ticket and appar­ently the drop dead date is within 24 hours. Regard­less of the fall­out I’m VERY uncom­fort­able with the idea that you can replace a can­di­date who won a pri­mary based on a gaffe or mis­take. After all the vot­ers made their choice. On the other hand after Tor­ri­celli what’s good for the good is good for the gan­der but it’s a hor­ri­ble precedent.

Congressmen Todd Akin, when asked a “gotcha” question about rape and abortion, stated that women who are raped are less likely to get pregnant than their peers who had voluntary intercourse.  This medically accurate fact generated this response from Sen. Claire McCaskill, who will face Akin in the general election:

“As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases, I’m stunned by Rep Akin’s comments about victims this AM.”

She later released a statement condemning her rival as “ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape.”

“The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive,” she continued.

Well, my woman-hating Ms. McCaskill, let’s examine the facts, shall we?   Stress, long hours at work, and jet lag – even from going on vacation! – can delay ovulation and seriously undermine a woman’s ability to get pregnant. But in pro-rape Claire’s world, sexual assault doesn’t change a woman’s risk of pregnancy because she thinks that rape is less traumatic than flying to Europe.

The medicine backs this up.  From the CNN.com article, women who are raped have a 5% risk of getting pregnant; this is lower, by a statistically significant margin, than the 8% chance of getting pregnant with unprotected sex. In fact, you’re about 40% less likely to get pregnant when raped than when having voluntary sex.  If that all-nighter at work delays ovulation, the total physical and physiological trauma of forced intercourse will wreck havoc on a woman’s body.  Akin is 100% correct on the medicine, and entirely correct in his understanding of just how serious rape is.  McCaskill is the one making light of it.

But medically-ignorant, “rape is less traumatic than jet lag” Claire McCaskill would like to ignore that fact for political gain. We have words for women like that, which are spelled mostly like the word for your parent’s sister, but not.

Update: (DaTechGuy) The vultures are circling around Mr. Akin but the wound was self inflicted. There is talk about removing him from the ticket and apparently the drop dead date is within 24 hours. Regardless of the fallout I’m VERY uncomfortable with the idea that you can replace a candidate who won a primary based on a gaffe or mistake. After all the voters made their choice. On the other hand after Torricelli what’s good for the good is good for the gander but it’s a horrible precedent.