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Old February 21, 2013, 02:09 PM   #45
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Nothing paranoid about it. When you think about all the comments from politicians and other public figures of late -- my personal favorite was the gentleman who claimed that if a woman gets pregnant, it wasn't "really" rape --

Vanya, sorry but that isn't the gist of what was said at all. In fact this is what the Democrats twisted his statement into.

His statement was about a woman being "legitimately raped". His opponents twisted his statement to make it sound like he was saying there existed a legitimate and illegitimate reasons for rape.

This was not his purpose or intent. He was talking about her claim when a woman's claim of being raped was false and illegitimate. The problem is he worded his statement poorly and this is what they made of it. It was like fire on gasoline, women were burning up everywhere and you couldn't get an explanation in sideways cause they weren't listening.

Here is his actual statement.
Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.

What the man had such a hard time saying was that under extreme stress women frequently will not conceive. I am not saying this is an accurate statement, only that this was what he intended the meaning to be.

taken from this site.

And when this wiki page says all these highly respected specialists say the dude is wrong, we do have studies like this.

The results showed that the chances of getting pregnant for the quarter of women in the study with the highest levels of alpha-amylase were roughly 12% lower than the quarter of women with the lowest levels of alpha-amylase, each day during the fertile days of their menstrual cycle.
Alpha-amylase is a marker indicating stress that is adrenaline related which would be the kind of stress a raped woman would be expected to experience. But the study also mentions Cortisol which is connected with longer periods of a raised response and stress. which would also typically follow the period after being raped so in effect a woman could be experiencing both types of stress.
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