ACNM Responds to Remarks on Rape and Pregnancy
August 21, 2012
Contact: Melissa Garvey
Silver Spring, MD -- The American College of Nurse-Midwives supports a policy of zero tolerance for violence against women and opposes recent remarks by a US Representative suggesting that “women who are victims of ‘legitimate rape’ rarely get pregnant.” In addition to being physiologically inaccurate, these comments minimize the gravity of rape—a reprehensible crime that can result in serious physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health consequences for victims, their families, and the community.
Globally, an estimated 1 in 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Medically false remarks suggesting that some rape is not “legitimate” imparts blame for the crime on victims, perpetuates the culture of violence, and undermines our efforts to combat this enormous public health crisis. We affirm the recent statement made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in response to these remarks and uphold the right of every person to live in a society free of violence.
About the American College of Nurse-Midwives
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes midwifery education and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.