Why am I not surprised? (And, really, how much uglier could Todd Akin‘s story get?)
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Akin’s source about the rarity of pregnancy resulting in rape is from a 1972 study by Dr. Fred Mecklenburg, an obstetrician-gynecologist at the University of Minnesota Medical School at the time. The Post-Dispatch writes:
In supporting his claim about trauma and ovulation, Mecklenburg cited experiments conducted in Nazi death camps.
The Nazis tested this hypothesis ‘by selecting women who were about to ovulate and sending them to the gas chambers, only to bring them back after their realistic mock-killing, to see what the effect this had on their ovulatory patterns. An extremely high percentage of these women did not ovulate.'”
I’m shocked to silence. Luckily, this commenter, who goes by the name of DriveBy, isn’t:
It would appear that the links between the Republican brain and the Nazi brain are even deeper than the obvious.”