|Elizabeth never had any kids because|
her body shut the shit down
on those clowns. Can I get a witness?
A Montana woman from Lolo, a tiny town near Missoula, wrote in to The Missoulian, defending Akin. She wants to have the conversation. And she does, all by herself. I'm not sure she gets where she wanted to go with the letter, but she insists that science backs Akin up. It's the science that tells us:
1. The woman may be on the pill.
2. It may be during the non-fertile days of her cycle.
3. She or he [the illegitimate rapist] may be sterile, naturally or through disease or surgery.
4. She may be too young or too old to conceive.
5. There can be disruption of the ovulation cycles due to the extreme emotional trauma. (source from 1967)
6. One study shows there is 58 percent "sexual dysfunction" (no penetration, or retarded or premature ejaculation).
7. Another study shows that there is often no sperm deposited in the vagina.
So basically, a woman gets or does not get pregnant because of a multitude of factors. Well, we knew that. Like, everybody pretty much agrees on that. Of course, the letter writer's source is the antichoice misinformation-spreading Dr. Jack Willke. In a book he and his wife wrote, he states:
In a healthy, peaceful marriage, the miscarriage rate ranges up to about 15%. In this case, we have incredible emotional trauma. Her body is upset. Even if she conceives, the miscarriage rate is higher than in a more normal pregnancy. If she loses 20% of 600, there are 450 left. Finally, we must factor in one of the most important reasons why a rape victim rarely gets pregnant, and that is psychic trauma. Every woman is aware that stress and emotional factors can alter her menstrual cycle. To get pregnant and stay pregnant, a woman’s body must produce a very sophisticated mix of hormones. Hormone production is controlled by a part of the brain which is easily influenced by emotions. There’s no greater emotional trauma that can be experienced by a woman than an assault rape. This can radically upset her possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation and even nurturing of a pregnancy. So what further percentage reduction in pregnancy will this cause? No one really knows, but this factor certainly cuts the last figure by at least 50%, and probably more, leaving a final figure of 225 women pregnant each year, a number that closely matches the 200 found in clinical studies. (emphasis mine)So never minding that Willke's data is skewed and not even close to up-to-date, he admits he's making shit up. The letter's not changing any minds; it doesn't make enough sense. It was sort of amusing, though, and I was reminded once again that the War on Women isn't just being waged by old white men.