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Steve King Has “Never Heard” Of Pregnancy From Statutory Rape

Steve King Has “Never Heard” Of Pregnancy From Statutory Rape

Well, if the Todd Akin mess has shown anything, it’s that any talk of abortion restrictions being passed in the name of “protecting” or “helping” women is just that.

There is nothing helpful about forced pregnancy and birth, yet that is the precise position of the Republican party. And as if Akin’s statements that rape exceptions are not needed in abortion bans because women don’t get pregnant in the case of “legitimate” rape weren’t bad enough, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) made the case that Republicans don’t believe statutory rape is legitimate rape.

As Talking Points Memo reports, King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

By Akin’s logic, a logic shared by Mike Huckabee, Steve King, Ron Paul and countless others in the Republican party, this lack of evidence of conception means that an exception to an abortion ban in the cases of statutory rape are not needed.

A 1996 report by the Guttmacher Institute found that at least half of all babies born to minor women are fathered by adult men.

That, by definition, is childbirth as a result of statutory rape. The most important thing is the big picture here. These are not isolated, unhinged comments by the fringe of the Republican party. This is their platform.

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8:15PM PST on Feb 27, 2013

steve king,

i am someone you need to meet, contact me, i can sharpen your views

11:18AM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

ignorant

4:57PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

I guess he's like those moneys - see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. In other words, an idiot who obviously has never read a newspaper or been to any school.

10:50AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Another #($&%@ IDIOT to add to the pack of GOP IDIOTS. If you can't state FACTS rather than your own personal NON-FACTUAL opinion about such a serious & far reaching topic, then, DON'T. KEEP YOUR UNINTELLIGENT MOUTH SHUT!!!!!

11:09AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

,.......The woman's body shuts down the process" right ?

10:08AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

It speaks mountains when all the people who come up with these cockamamie beliefs about women and their bodies are always men. We really need to rally women for these elections. Let them know once and for all that women have a very powerful voice. Right now I don't think they believe that -- and if women do vote for any of the misogynistic, intolerant men then I guess

8:57AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

If any idiot spouts that a woman cannot get pregnant from 'genuine' rape, are we allowed to beat them about the head with blunt objects, as we don't believe they have a brain (and therefore they will not sustain any injury)?!

8:52AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

This isn't an uncommon belief among right-wing Christian anti-woman, anti-choice people.

http://www.christianliferesources.com/article/rape-pregnancies-are-rare-461

8:35AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

The Republican Party is starting to resemble The Taliban. We women better start shopping for burkas, or else vote those DUMB, Women hating IDIOTS out!!!

8:32AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Republican Party is starting to resemble the Taliban. IWomen better star shopping for their burkas.

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