Iowa Rep. Steve King: Another GOPer hopelessly out of touch about rape, conception [VIDEO]

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A day after his buddy Todd Akin crammed his foot down his throat, King followed suit.
SEE ALSO: Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" belief likely stems from University of Minnesota paper

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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TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Did you all know in some states IF YOU'RE RAPED, and you get pregnant and decide to have the child, THE FATHER (aka the RAPISTS) has custodial rights to the child?

Yes its a sick world, and its brought to you by lawyers.

swmnguy topcommenter

There's a pattern here.  The Right Wing routinely denies that unpleasant things ever happen, and if they do it's the victims' fault, so the rest of us don't have any responsibility.  It's toddler logic.  My kids outgrew it around the time they were potty-trained; well before they started school.


Abortion is upsetting.  But the fact that nobody like to think about it doesn't mean there isn't rape, incest, or punitive socio-economic issues that influence peoples' lives.  Instead, the Right just denies that any woman who gets pregnant was actually raped, and that only irresponsible women get pregnant when they logically should not.  As if that solved any of the problems.


Same thing goes for gun violence.  It doesn't happen, except to people who deserve it.  Or if they don't deserve it, then we should blame the person who pulled the trigger; not address the idea that nobody ever bludgeoned 70 people, 12 fatally, in a theatre; it took a gun to run up the body count.


Racial prejudice?  A thing of the past in America.  Except when people quite reasonably treat black people negatively for wearing their hair or clothes in a repugnantly black way.  That's not prejudice; just reasonable consequences for being too black.


Poverty in America?  Nope.  Not here.  People are only impoverished if they are starving in the streets.  Of course, they aren't starving in the streets here because the modern bread line arrives in the mail box every month.  And of course poor people (who don't exist because they aren't starving to death) don't deserve the monthly breadline payment (which they don't deserve because they aren't poor because they get that monthly payment), and they're fat because they have too much food (never mind that it's the low quality, highly profitable food that poor people in America eat, because it's cheap).


This King, and Akin, and Paul Ryan; they didn't "mis-speak."  They weren't "Taken Out of Context."  They said what they truly believe.  They live by circular logic that justifies the hard work they've done to get where they are today, having been born wealthy.  Really, if you had a 4 year-old who reasoned like this about themselves and other people, you'd worry they were little sociopaths.  When they grow up and get big, it's a whole lot less cute.

TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

“Hey, look over here”, says the media magician.  Focus on the distracting hand so my other hand can go unchecked.   It’s the oldest scammer trick in the book.

I was once told by some regular commenters of Citypages, that the reason Citypages didn't cover scandals by out of state U.S. Congressmen was, “because that person doesn't represent the state of MN."   Well now we all see it's more likely because of political bias.   Note taken.   Apparently those commenters were wrong, but don’t expect an eye opening moment for the ignorant...

Now do you all see why I say it’s legitimate to refer to the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) as an obvious acronym for “Dumb Fu*k League”?    

Although his words were not carefully chosen and rather stupid to make in a public forum, there was some truth to what he was saying.  He simple forgot to consider the existence of DFL in his audience.  Whether or not these DFL were wearing their superhero capes and had their talking point catch phrases on tongue cannot be determined.   Some people will hear something in which they disagree and just like that everything prior to and the rest of the speech becomes a blur.   Soon after they fly off to their blogosphere and rant about the ten word speech so and so just gave. 

Her is a clip from a study that backs his point -    The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year. Among 34 cases of rape-related pregnancy, the majority occurred among adolescents and resulted from assault by a known, often related perpetrator. Only 11.7% of these victims received immediate medical attention after the assault, and 47.1% received no medical attention related to the rape. A total 32.4% of these victims did not discover they were pregnant until they had already entered the second trimester; 32.2% opted to keep the infant whereas 50% underwent abortion and 5.9% placed the infant for adoption; an additional 11.8% had spontaneous abortion.

So did Citypages cover this comment by this out state congressman as a way to detour the stupid form the fact we have an elected sexual predator in our own MN House of Representatives?   Apparently what is said by an unknown is just as important as actions of our own…

Remember Amy Koch?  We learned from our local media about her family, kids, length of her marriage, bills she proposed that may have conflicted with her extramarital actions and even the opinions of the reporting news anchor as to why you should be repulsed by her actions.   To this day our local media cannot mention Amy’s name without injecting the affair scandal into the story, relevant or not.   But let’s not hold our breath anticipating Kare 11 will do the same for State Rep. Kerry Gauthier.  They’ll rather dedicate their focus on a virus that will pose less of a risk to your child.


 @TheConservativeJerk Well, if Amy's name becomes synonymous with hypocritical, sham moralistic "values" so much the better.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @TheConservativeJerk I'm just glad you aren't busy typing about boy stretching today you weirdo.  I don't think City Pages needs advice coming from the guy who writes weirdly sexual messages about young boys.  Why don't you go make fun of dead children or something.

TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

 @MicheleBachmann Oops, I think CP already did. 

MB, did you not learn a thing or two during the election of Al Frankin?

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