Akin Shows That Sex Ed Should Be Based on Biology, Not History

August 21, 2012

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), August 19, 2012

“I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician with a rape issue, that that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape.”

— Idaho state Sen. Chuck Winder (R), March 30, 2012

Really? We’re actually still talking about a disproven theory from the Middle Ages that stated that women’s bodies could somehow magically prevent pregnancy after a rape? Despite the fact that this theory contradicts all medical knowledge and is nothing more than a bogus myth? Despite the fact that more than 5 percent of all rapes result in pregnancy? Really?

As you can tell, we’re a little worked up about this. We get worked up about attempts to demean the experiences of rape victims as well as attempts to limit women’s access to health care.

AAUW supports the right of every woman to safe, accessible, affordable, and comprehensive family planning and reproductive health services. Per our member-adopted Public Policy Program, AAUW opposes any policy that limits women’s access to abortion, especially plans that do not have accommodations for rape, incest, and the mother’s health. AAUW trusts that every woman has the ability to make her own, informed choices regarding her reproductive life within the dictates of her own moral and religious beliefs. These deeply personal decisions should be made without governmental interference or judgment.

Quotes like Akin’s and Winder’s are also why AAUW supports comprehensive sex education curricula in our nation’s schools. People’s knowledge of women’s bodies should come from biology class, not history class.

Beth Scott By:   |   August 21, 2012


  1. Avatar Barbara Burgo says:

    I thought the same thing. Even his apology is insulting with trite remarks on his distorted view that he said only ONE WORD wrong…etc. Too much to comprehend in ONE DAY!

  2. Avatar Narda says:

    “Next we’ll be trying to take away the vote from women,” lamented Alex Castellanos, a Republican strategist who advised Romney in the 2008 race.

  3. Avatar Ruth Sweetser says:

    I am beyond appalled not only at Akin’s words but even more so at the thinking that gave rise to his words. His ignorance, disregard and conviction of superiority give rise to House votes that disadvantage and disdain women in related areas such as health-care, financial support for education–along with educational opportunities, and violence against women. We can now glimpse what these votes really signify.

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