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Certain Republican politicians’ theories about rape and pregnancy stem from Nazi experiments
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By Pat Cunningham
June 15, 2013 11:15 a.m.

Emily Bazelon TRACES the roots of a myth:

At a congressional hearing Wednesday, Rep. Trent Franks [above, right], a Republican from Arizona, argued against an exception for rape and incest victims from a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. He said, “…[T]he incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.” He is of course following in the footsteps of former Rep. Todd Akin [above, left] of Missouri, who said that women can stave off pregnancy after a “legitimate rape.”

These claims are false, of course, or as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists puts it, “medically ...

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