California Republican Echoes Todd Akin, Says Rape Pregnancy Is Rare ‘Because It’s A Violent Act’

California Republican Assembly President Celeste Greig with BFF, crazy birther lady, Orly Taitz

California Republican Assembly President, Celeste Greig with BFF, crazy birther lady, Orly Taitz

Republicans dug themselves a major hole on this issue of rape last year that cost them dearly in the 2012 Election. Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin went in front of television cameras in August and claimed that if women are legitimately raped ” the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” His comment was just the beginning, however. Other Republican candidates followed suit with their own ridiculous claims regarding rape; claims that only widened the gender gap in favor of Democrats.

Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that pregnancy from rape was “something that God intended.” Iowa Rep. Steve King claimed pregnancy from rape is rare is because he hadn’t heard of such an occurrence. Former Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett also claimed that pregnancy through rape is rare during a town hall event in which he was grilled by attendees who wanted him to clarify his position on abortion. Additional Republicans from Joe Walsh to Tom Smith and multiple others made similar claims. The controversy caused heavy losses for the GOP during the 2012 Election including losses in the Senate, the House, and the Presidency. This led to a House GOP retreat in January during which experts advised that Republicans should refrain from talking about rape.

Apparently, Republicans didn’t take the advice seriously because a Republican leader in California has once again resurrected the claim that women who are raped can’t get pregnant. According to the Silicon Valley Mercury News, California Republican Assembly president Celeste Greig echoed Todd Akin’s view on rape and pregnancy moments after she called his remarks “insensitive.”

“Granted, the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized,” the Mercury News reports Greig saying. “I don’t know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. Because of the trauma the body goes through, I don’t know what percentage of pregnancy results from the act.”

Incidentally, Greig is credited with coining the term “RINO,” (Republican In Name Only), which is applied to virtually every Republican who refuses to fall in line with the party’s most extreme agenda.

Greig contradicted her own condemnation of Akin’s comments by clearly claiming that rape pregnancies are rare because of the violence of the act, even though studies, surveys, and statistics prove that rape causes pregnancy just as much as or more than consensual sex.

One study by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina  showed that 32,101 women become pregnant via rape each year and concluded that “rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency. It is a cause of many unwanted pregnancies and is closely linked with family and domestic violence.” Another study published in the Human Nature journal suggests women are twice as likely to become pregnant if they are raped than they are through consensual sex.

Despite the multitude of research on the issue, Republicans like Greig are making their claims anyway.
Democrats are understandably outraged and swiftly denounced Greig.

Democratic state Rep. Nancy Skinner criticized Greig’s remarks, stating that “if a woman is near-ovulating or ovulating, and sperm comes in direct contact, she gets pregnant — it doesn’t matter what the nature of the act was. It’s just outrageous, beyond absurd. It’s insulting. It’s the same line of thinking of ‘If we just dress differently, or behave differently, we won’t be raped.’ They’re basically saying ‘while we’re being raped, if we hate it enough we won’t get pregnant.'”

It’s hard to imagine that even after suffering major losses in 2012 partly due to a lack of support among women, Republicans are still making the same incendiary claims about rape and pregnancy. The only reason Republicans are trying to mislead the public on this issue is because conservatives want to outlaw abortions even in cases of rape. Most sane Americans, 83% to be exact, agree that abortion should be allowed in such cases, according to a CNN survey. But Republican lawmakers disagree. They think women who are raped should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term against their will, which basically rewards rapists with progeny. The Republican Party national platform rejects an abortion exemption for rape victims and several conservative controlled states have introduced anti-abortion bills that do not include exceptions for women who are raped. Clearly, when it comes to rape, it seems only Democrats are capable of grasping reality and having compassion for victims.