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Todd Akin, R-Missouri, candidate for the U.S. Senate, recently stated that women were unlikely to get pregnant from a "legitimate" rape. Akin adheres to the tenets of Dr. John Wilke, who claims that the trauma that occurs with "assault rape" lessens the possibility of pregnancy because the woman's body will "shut down." It will not surprise you that other prominent physicians like Dr. David Grimes, UNC professor of obstetrics and gynecology, refute this, calling it "absurd" [The Seattle Times, Aug. 22].
In the U.S. Senate this past year, two Republican senators introduced the Blunt-Rubio Amendment. This bill would limit access to contraceptive services for women
Republicans claim they want to keep government out of people's lives, but they don't seem to mind putting government in the way of women and their families making their own very personal decisions. The above information leads me to see that if I care about a woman's reproductive rights,
I will vote for Barrack Obama, who supports women in making their own reproductive choices.