Aug
21

GOP Celebrates Rape Unawareness Week

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[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?


Comments

  1. TJ says:

    ““Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,”

    So. Someone he knows and loves has to be raped and get pregnant before he can “relate” to it? Thank God I don’t live in his proximity. He would think Scrooge came back to haunt him, until he was out the door.

    “Livestock, Dairy & Poultry, which involves, you know, biology. Yet, they don’t exactly grok the whole “science” thing, do they? ”

    Well, if they are around farm animals all the time, maybe they haven’t had to worry about the pregnancy thing. Not too many “cow-boys” running around.

    ::::ugh:::: that’s as disgusting as he is.

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  2. Tom Sullivan says:

    “No rape or incest exception for you!” RNC platform committee:

    (Reuters) – A Republican Party committee on Tuesday embraced anti-abortion language it has used in its platform since 2004, with no mention of exceptions for rape or incest, as one of its Senate candidates was widely condemned over his comments about rape.

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  3. TJ says:

    Why aren’t women’s advocates all over this!?

    It’s not like there’s not plenty of women who’ve had to struggle with the question whether to carry the baby to term or not, or, children who were conceived in rape who have struggled with their own beginnings.

    My friend, Steven, is right. Republicans have gone from stupid and annoying, to insane and dangerous.

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  4. trifecta says:

    A leading GOP sciencematician agrees with them. Can’t argue with those facts.

    Case closed.

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  5. TJ says:

    Of course. It’s the same reasoning they used when they spun a coke bottle and said if a woman didn’t want to have sex, no one could force them.

    Well, why not!? We all saw it spinning!

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