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).