Iowa Rep. Steve King: Another GOPer hopelessly out of touch about rape, conception [VIDEO]
A day after his buddy Todd Akin crammed his foot down his throat, King followed suit.
U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin isn't the only Republican to cause cringes this week with shockingly ignorant and out of touch statements about rape and conception.
The day after Akin said "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut [the pregnancy] down," King, an Iowa U.S. Rep. and a staunch Michele Bachmann supporter, was asked by an Iowa TV station whether women who become pregnant as a result of statutory rape should be able to have an abortion. His response? "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 hearing discussion about that subject matter."
King then pivoted, and said: "Generally speaking it's this: that there millions of abortions in this country every year. Millions of them are paid for at least in part by taxpayers. I think it's immoral for us to compel conscientious objecting taxpayers to fund abortion through the federal government, or any other government for that matter."
Here's the footage:
Not surprisingly, King offered up a defense of Akin in the same interview, characterizing the outrage over Akin's "legitimate rape" remarks as "petty, personal attacks substituting for strong policy."
Whether King has heard of it happening or not, the fact is pregnancies regularly result from statutory rape. In fact, a 1996 analysis by the Guttmacher Institute found that "at least half of all babies born to minor women are fathered by adult men."
After footage of King's comment hit the net, Talking Points Memo contacted his office seeking clarification. A spokesperson said King's comments are being taken out of context.
"What he was saying was, he personally does not know a girl who was raped," spokeswoman Brittany Lesser said. "He never says, 'I've never heard of that.' There's a fine line between 'I've never heard of that' and 'I don't know personally anybody who's been raped.' There's a difference. There is a difference."
But, as TPM notes, whether King has personally heard of a woman becoming pregnant as a result of statutory rape is completely irrelevant to the question of whether such women should be able to get an abortion. Why would the congressman go there in the first place?
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