Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Akin’s procla­ma­tion on preg­nancy from rape

Dear Ed­i­tor: Three things are dis­turb­ing to me about the Akin procla­ma­tion on preg­nancy from rape. One is that it im­plies that rape vic­tims who be­come preg­nant are re­ally liars and will­ing par­tic­i­pants. That is a myth fre­quently sug­gested by rapists in court. Two is that what Akin and dis­proven by a Med­i­cal Univer­sity of South Carolina study pub­lished in 1996 (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pubmed/8765248). Three, that as­sert­ing pop­ulist hy­pothe­ses as fact even when con­tra­dicted by data col­lec­tion and anal­y­sis ap­pears to be a Repub­li­can ten­dency. Chris Roesel

Cov­ing­ton

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