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US doctor helps perpetuate rape pregnancy ideas

US doctor helps perpetuate rape pregnancy ideas

The discredited notion that a woman's body can resist conception in a sexual assault has persisted in U.S. anti-abortion circles for decades, largely because of the efforts of an obstetrician who is considered a godfather of the movement.
Dr. John C. "Jack" Willke founded the National Right to Life Committee and wrote the 1971 "Handbook on Abortion," which has influenced generations of anti-abortion activists.
Willke's ideas were reflected in comments by Rep. Todd Akin, a candidate for the Senate who caused a political storm by suggesting that women's bodies can prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."
To anti-abortion activists, the 87-year-old Willke is a revered figure. To abortion-rights activists, the one-time sex education lecturer perpetuates myths and ignores science. Fellow physicians say his ideas are pure fiction.


Updated : 2021-04-14 07:24 GMT+08:00