Iowa Rep. Steve King Says that He’s Never Heard of a Girl getting Pregnant through Rape or Incest

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Iowa Rep. Steve King would not comment about Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s rape remarks, but King did come to his defense calling him a “strong Christian man” who is the victim of “petty personal attacks.” That is a nice defense but it has absolutely nothing to do with King’s comments about rape.

According to King, we should all just forget that Akin thinks it is “rare” for a woman to get pregnant through rape. Instead, we should give him the benefit of the doubt because he is a good guy. I am sure that is what Akin and King would like. Of course, suggesting that a woman who is “legitimately raped” cannot become pregnant is a very personal argument in itself.

King did have some comments on the subject of rape, which put him firmly in Akin’s camp of ignorance.

King is a supporter of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which would bar the use of federal funds for abortion unless there was a forcible rape or, as they say in some parts of Missouri, legitimate. That means the legislation would ban funding for abortions in the case of statutory rape or incest. However, King does not think that would be a problem because pregnancies do not happen in those cases.

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

Akin is not supposed to be attacked for his public comments because those attacks are too personal, but King can refer to his personal experience in a public way. There it all makes sense now. And women who are really raped don’t get pregnant. When that is true, then it will be time to stop feeding the unicorns.

Later, King denied ever making the claim that a pregnancy couldn’t happen in those circumstances.

“The liberal press and their allies have again twisted my words. I never said, nor do I believe, a woman, including minors, cannot get pregnant from rape, statutory rape or incest,” King said in a statement released Tuesday. “Suggesting otherwise is ridiculous, shameful, disgusting and nothing but an attempt to falsely define who I am.”

So just what was King saying when he responded that he has not “heard” of pregnancies through incest and statutory rape being “brought” to him? Perhaps he makes his decisions solely on his personal experience? That is not very comforting if it true. The world is bigger than what King knows.

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