Recently a candidate for the US Senate in Missouri said that "real rape" hardly ever results in pregnancy because a woman's body "shuts down" during forcible rape to prevent pregnancy.
Of course this has no basis in scientific fact as any doctor can tell you.
Of course the purpose of saying this is to restrict access to abortion as anyone with an analytical mind can tell you.
But what you might not see at first is how enormously disrespectful and cruel this is to women who have become pregnant by rape. I've known two such women and they are the very bravest people I've ever known.
Both had strong pro-life viewpoints.
Both struggled with the decision of whether to place the baby for adoption. One did, one did not.
Both struggled with well-meaning people who inquired happily about their upcoming "blessed event"
Both were honest with friends and family about what had happened.
Both deserve better from all of us than "you weren't really raped."
Both had their religious convictions tested in ways most of us can't imagine. To hear their pain dismissed so cavalierly, and for political gain, disgusts me.
As you might imagine there's been a firestorm around this event. Good. And other women who have become pregnant from rape are speaking out.