The Nazi Anatomists

At Slate, Emily Bazelon discusses how the Nazi origin of the claim that rape cannot cause pregnancy still haunts modern science and American abortion politics. Hermann Stieve, a Nazi researcher, used bodies from concentration camps to study the female reproductive system, concluding that the chance of pregnancy is significantly lowered in the instance of rape. “[A] few other Republicans have followed along, arguing that rape rarely results in pregnancy, Bazelon writes. “Whether they know it or not, Stieve’s work is the source for their discredited claim.”

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