The Atlantic is publishing some of the best writing on this whole Todd Akin, "Legitimate Rape" controversy. Here, writer Garance Franke-Ruta takes a serious look at what Akin and like-minded public figures are trying to get at. Just what is "legitimate rape" and why do so many believe it can't cause pregnancy?
Here we go again. Trotting out the contemporary equivalent of the early American belief that only witches float, Congressman Todd Akin, the Republican challenger to Democratic U.S."First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare," Akin said in an interview with KTVI-TV that caused a furor online Sunday afternoon after being posted on TPM. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."