The LA Times reports today that Todd Akin’s campaign, which is quickly losing support over his controversial and scientifically inaccurate comments about “legitimate rape” not causing pregnancy, has sent out a letter of support from the guy who first popularized the theory that victims of rape don’t get pregnant, Ohio’s own Dr. Jack Willke.

Willke, founder of Cincinnati Right to Life, wrote a book in 1971 called “Why Can’t We Love Them Both: Questions and Answers About Abortion” that claims women rarely get pregnant as a result of rape because the emotional trauma makes a woman’s fallopian tubes “tight”.   Willke repeated these claims to the LA Times this week.

Last March, Willke was invited to speak the Ohio House of Representatives where he “was honored for his work by Rep. Lou Blessing, R-Cincinnati, and House Speaker William G. Batchelder.”

Willke spent his time speaking to the legislature by lobbying for support of the Heartbeat bill, which would prevent any abortions after about 6 weeks – often before a women even knows she is pregnant. Willke also made some jokes about right-to-life folks having more supporters now because pro-choice Americans aborted all their kids. Cute. Classy.

Ultimately, Willke overstepped his bounds and broke the unwritten rule for invited guests to avoid speaking about pending legislation.  Rep. Teresa Fedor protested Willke’s statements, but Batchelder (not exactly known for his pro-women views) came to Willke’s defense saying it was totally cool because Willke is “a world hero”.

A “world hero.”


Here’s the video (jump ahead to 14 minutes).

  • Pretty normal fare from Bitchelder.

  • nowaRINO

    How can you kick Rep Akin out of a Senate race who toes the line on this year’s Republican platform? Yes, he “mis-spoke”, but he is the party platform.

  • annekarima53

    It is being reported this morning by the Houston Chronicle that Sen John Cornyn has given Akin a “24 hour ultimantum to “get out.” it seems a reminder to Texas as it brings up memories of how quickly rape comments can get an election lost. Point of view: TX GOP gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams in 1990 when he reportedly compared rape to the ever changing TX weather – in hearing distance of reporters. “As long as it’s inevitable,” Williams was reported as saying, “you might as well lay back and enjoy it.” Dem Ann Richards became the governor of TX that year.

  • APG

    The best explanation I’ve heard so far is “First rule of Fight Club.”

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