In the latest instance where the old saying, “never miss a good opportunity to shut up” surely applies, a TEApublican from California did not shut up, and claimed that pregnancies resulting from rape are rare “because the body is traumatized.” Where do they get this stuff?
Maybe the most surprising part of this is that, instead of the usual old white male TEApublican, a female said it. Celeste Greig, president of the California Republican Assembly, which is the oldest and largest GOP volunteer group in the state, was speaking to the Daily Democrat out of Woodland, California when said the following…
…the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized. 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
Ironically enough, Greig had just criticized Todd Akin, the former Missouri U.S. Senate candidate, for saying that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
That was an insensitive remark,” Greig said. “I’m sure he regretted it. He should have come back and apologized.”
Studies show that Greig is incorrect in her assessment. Most research on rape and pregnancy has shown roughly the same rates of pregnancy than pregnancies resulting from consensual sex. But one 2003 study showed the rate at which women get pregnant after rape to be more than double than that of a single act of consensual sex, presumably because women who are raped are less likely to use contraception. The study used data from the United States National Violence Against Women survey. In that study, the per-incident rape-pregnancy rate was 6.42 percent, while it was only 3.1 percent for women engaging in consensual sex.
We’re not sure why TEApublicans continue to “step in it” when it comes to rape. But considering what Greig, Akin, Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, and GOP pollster Kellyanne Connway have said just in the last few months about rape and/or pregnancy from rape, coupled with the TEApublican voting record on things like the Violence Against Women Act (VACA) and their obsession with controlling women’s reproductive decisions, one has to wonder what they are scared of.