Woman Impregnated in 'Legitimate' Rape Has Words for Congressman Todd Akin

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Todd AkinWhat did we learn this week, boys and girls? We learned that apparently if a woman is "legitmately raped," she need not fear becoming impregnated. Oh no. Because, you see, according to "doctors" who have spoken to Rep. Todd Akin, "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Obviously, we know this doofus is highly offensive and utterly wrong.

Akin is basically saying that women don't get pregnant when they get raped; therefore, we need not fear that anti-abortion laws are affecting anyone other than women who chose to get pregnant. In other words, rape doesn't exist. And if it does, you certainly don't get pregnant from it. But one woman who did become pregnant after being raped has a few things to say to Todd Akin.

Shauna Prewitt was raped at 21 years old. Was it a "legitimate rape" according to the bizarro laws of Todd Akin? Apparently NOT. Because a month after her rape -- through which Prewitt says she "cried hysterically" and "fought until my body ached" -- Prewitt found out she was pregnant.

Prewitt, who had tried to deal with her rape by blocking it out of her mind as a "fictitious nightmare," realized she couldn't pretend it didn't happen anymore. She now had a life growing inside of her -- one she didn't ask for, one that was forced upon her, one she had no choice in.

Shauna Prewitt ultimately decided to have the baby. She writes:

I did not altogether hate the life growing inside of me. Instead, I felt a sort of kinship, a partnership -- perhaps the kind that only develops between those who have suffered together -- but, nevertheless, I felt a bond.

She has raised her daughter, now 7, and loves her. Here is where I imagine Akin and his crew would feel justified in their anti-abortion and rape-doesn't-make-you-pregnant stances. After all, if Prewitt learned to love her baby, then what's the problem?

First of all, not every woman is Prewitt. Prewitt doesn't say if she had the resources or family or support system to help her raise a child, but many women do not. At 21, Prewitt was young. But she wasn't 14. But even Prewitt herself -- though she eventually came to love the result of her rape, her beautiful daughter -- does not condone what Akin is saying. In fact, she despises it. She writes:

My rape did not end my life and, in a profound way, I have become a stronger person after my rape. I will fight to extinguish your inflammatory statements just as ardently as I fought to reclaim a vibrant life. I hope you will find my concerns "legitimate."

Rape is still rape no matter the eventual outcome. That Prewitt now has a daughter she loves doesn't take away the horror of her rape. Her love doesn't make her rape "illegitimate" or excuse it. Prewitt loves her daughter, yes. But she still hates her rape. And Akin shouldn't try to take that away from her.

What do you think about Shauna Prewitt's story?


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ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

Good for her for putting her life back together. And I agree Akin is a damn fool, and a moron. he does not need to be involved inpolitics. EVER. 

Flori... Floridamom96

There certainly are some really remarkable women in this world like Ms. Prewitt. The best thing we can do to get rid of the idiot Akin is to totally ignore him. We give him the appearance of legitimacy by focusing on or discussing him when we could instead discuss the Shauna Prewitt's of the world.

nonmember avatar MO Mom

I applaud Shauna Prewitt for sharing her story. What Akin doesn't seem to realize is how much he insulted her and other victims like her. If he had any sense at all he would drop out of the race.

doodl... doodlebut

My son was conceived from a rape, I don't believe in abortion at all.

DritaF DritaF

I was raped in college and my son was adopted by a wonderful, loving family. The way he was conceived was absolutely horrific but that had zero to do with him. All babies are innocent and their lives are not ours to take.

Jespren Jespren

This whole thing just drives me crazy, he's being horrifically vilified because he's conservative, not because of his statement. He didn't say women "never" get pregnant from rape, he said "rarely", which is both statistically and medically TRUE. As for 'legitimate' rape, yeah, it was poorly phrased, but unless you think no woman ever cried rape falsely it is, in fact, a valid word choice. Not the most politically correct, and he appologized for the poor word choice, but it's still a perfectly valid point. Shauna here is very brave for giving her story, and that she carried to term and has a loving daughter more or less makes the point: the abortion debate *isn't* about the rare rape victim who gets pregnant. They need justice, real justice carried out against their attackers, not the death of *their* innocent child so society can ignore what happened to them.

MissM... MissMamaBear

I was waiting for this kind of story to come out of the woodwork after this moron said something so ridiculous. I'm sorry, but maybe someone should rape him, get him pregnant and force him to raise the baby. Oh, wait, he's a man so he can't. Must be easy to throw stones from your iron fortress eh pal? What is it happened to his daughter, would he want her to have the baby even though she may give birth to a child she may hate and resent its whole life? Hmmmm I think not. Sorry but you either have an abortion or you don't, either way, it nobodys choice but your own as it should be. Pro choice.

nonmember avatar Katherine

The author left out a key point in Shauna Pritchett's story. After the baby was born, her rapist sued her for partial custody and visitation rights. She had to basically drop her charges against him so that she could retain full custody of her daughter. Thus, she was denied justice for her rape.

There was a long article from Ms. Pritchett on CNN this morning that described the whole ordeal. Horrible.

EshaBabeii AntoniosMommy Smith

I feel that this congressman is saying these things because of his bigtry, sexism, and his possible affliliation with the rapist society. Because even men say that rape is real. Some men feel uncomfortable staring at a women inappropriately.  The hell is wrong with the world today?

nonmember avatar Kim

If any drooling, self-serving, imbecile can become a politician, can we PLEASE replace Akin with a retarded monkey? At least monkeys have entertainment value.

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