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Once and for all: Rape causes pregnancy

The following is an abstract of a study that appeared in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology more than 15 years ago. Would that it or some similar study was required reading for all American politicans.

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: We attempted to determine the national rape-related pregnancy rate and provide descriptive characteristics of pregnancies that result from rape. STUDY DESIGN: A national probability sample of 4008 adult American women took part in a 3-year longitudinal survey that assessed the prevalence and incidence of rape and related physical and mental health outcomes. RESULTS: The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45);

among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year. Among 34 cases of rape-related pregnancy, the majority occurred among adolescents and resulted from assault by a known, often related perpetrator. Only 11.7% of these victims received immediate medical attention after the assault, and 47.1% received no medical attention related to the rape. A total 32.4% of these victims did not discover they were pregnant until they had already entered the second trimester; 32.2% opted to keep the infant whereas 50% underwent abortion and 5.9% placed the infant for adoption; an additional 11.8% had spontaneous abortion. CONCLUSIONS: Rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency. It is a cause of many unwanted pregnancies and is closely linked with family and domestic violence. As we address the epidemic of unintended pregnancies in the United States, greater attention and effort should be aimed at preventing and identifying unwanted pregnancies that result from sexual victimization. (Am J Obstet Gynecol 1996;175:320-5.)

In other words, God causes raped women to become pregnant in the same way that God causes people shot by firearms to die.

5 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    October 25, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I disagree with the fundamentalist view of God as causing everything and that mankind are just puppets on a string or actors in a play. God does not cause bad things to happen, it just does. I do believe that God can help us when bad things happen.

  2. david esmay

    October 25, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Frank, you just set a personal record, you’re absolutely right on your first two points, but the fact remains that supernatural being based on iron age myths does not exist.

  3. Frank Burns

    October 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

    David, you are 100% wrong. I know that God exists, but you stick with your non belief, I realize that you have closed your mind.

  4. david esmay

    October 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Science and reason are the antidote for the poison of religion frank. Proof, frank, proof, oh that’s right, you have none, other than a “feeling”.

  5. Frank Burns

    October 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Right David, it’s more believable that random cells collided and formed humans and this world. I haven’t seen you use science or reason one time on this blog. You go with the crowd.

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