From what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape is] really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. 
-Rep. Todd Akin, Aug. 19, 2012

Representative Akin is, sadly, not the first member of Congress who has gotten his facts wrong and misrepresented how women’s bodies work. And every year, law makers vote on dozens of bills that affect women’s health and have a direct impact on women and families.

“Our Bodies, Our Selves” is a valued, comprehensive resource used in academic courses and health care clinics across the county. Medical experts published the new edition after two years of research and careful review. It focuses on topics that are sometimes misunderstood and misrepresented such as childbirth, pregnancy, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, the effects of environmental toxins on women’s health and fetal development.

By supporting this initiative, you are providing Congress members with accurate information about women’s health. This information can help inform policies about maternity, preventive care, contraception, reproductive services, abortion, gendered violence, and much more.

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