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Monday, August 20, 2012

A woman who got pregnant from rape shares her surprising story

An Open Letter to Rep. Todd Akin

From the piece: 

Given your underestimation of the powers of the human body, I suspect you abruptly have concluded that you know how my story ends. But never underestimate the intricacies of human feeling and experience. Although I would not be able to articulate it for months, I was experiencing a most curious emotion toward the life growing inside of me, an emotion that both enlivened me and caused me to experience an intolerable shame.You see, to my surprise, 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.

I admit that these feelings made me feel, for a long time, like a “bad” rape victim. Why did I not feel hatred?


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