When Missouri Representative Todd Akin said he believed that rape-related pregnancy was "really rare," he unleashed outrage, and he quickly backtracked and claimed he "misspoke."
Of course, he's not the first politician to get the science wrong, as some have pointed out. But since then, research has come to light revealing exactly how far from the facts Akin's statement was. Popular Science cites several studies which paint an entirely different picture of the results of rape:
*A 1996 study found that 5 percent of rapes in females of reproductive age resulted in pregnancy - that adds up to about 32,101 rape-related pregnancies per year in the United States.
Melisa Holmes, an ob-gyn in South Carolina, led the study through the National Crime Victims Center.
*In 2003, Jonathan and Tiffani Gottschall pegged the number at 6.4 percent, based on survey results from 8,000 women around the country.
"The available data give us no reason to think that conception from rape is rare, or even that it is less rare than conception from consensual intercourse. If anything, the data suggest that things go the other way around," Jonathan Gottschall told Popular Science.