GOP Celebrates Rape Unawareness WeekBy
[h/t Smirking Chimp, "What si[sic] this, “rape unawareness” week?]
Meet Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who is already speaking of Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri) in the past tense: “I think this election should be about: How did Todd Akin vote and what did he vote for and what did he stand for?”
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.”
A Democratic source flagged King’s praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM. But potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don’t exist or happen rarely. A 1996 review by the Guttmacher Institute found “at least half of all babies born to minor women are fathered by adult men.”
Akin is on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. King is on the House Small Business Subcommittee on Healthcare & Technology and on the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy & Poultry, which involves, you know, biology. Yet, they don’t exactly grok the whole “science” thing, do they?