Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is open to conversations about whether or not women can get pregnant from statutory rape or incest. (Reuters/Larry Downing)

Rep. Steve King Says He Has Never Heard of a Person Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape or Incest


Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a hard-line conservative congressman, has defended Rep. Todd Akin following his remarks that women do not get pregnant from “legitimate rape,” reported TPM.

King told KMEG-TV Monday that he’s never heard of a person being impregnated from statutory rape or incest.

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

King, who campaigned for Akin during the primary, defended Akin as a "strong Christian man with a wonderful family."

King's brazen suggestion that pregnancies do not result from statutory rape or incest is an affront to the estimated 32,101 women who become impregnated as a result of rape each year—the majority of which "occurred among adolescents and resulted from assault by a known, often related perpetrator," according to a 1996 study by the American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The report concludes: "Rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency. It is a cause of many unwanted pregnancies and is closely linked with family and domestic violence."

King additionally supports the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, H.R. 3, which previously sought to ban federal abortion funding except in cases of  “forcible rape," likely not covering abortions for victims of statutory rape and incest. The bill, co-sponsored by King, Akin and Paul Ryan in 2011, has undergone changes to the language after pressure from women’s advocates and Democrats.

A tough political race in Iowa is ahead for King , who faces former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack (D). Vilsack has rebuked him for refusing to denounce Akin's comments, reported The Hill.

Adding to King's list of incredulous comments, he has also said multicultural organizations are promoting victimization. The five-term Iowa congressman recently told the Sioux City Journal that he performed a search of the word "multicultural" at the Iowa State University (ISU) website. He discovered 59 ISU campus groups with a connection to multiculturalism.

"Most of them were victims groups, victimology," King told the newspaper. "I bring it up, because the irony was, it [the ISU list] was from A to Z. So, some place between A and Z, there is a victims group for you. If you have to walk the gauntlet of people recruiting you to be a victim, then your whole attitude about your life is going to be about a case of 'it is somebody else's fault if things don't go right.'"

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Submitted by joanie on
This man is ignorant... and possibly evil. I am a school teacher. I know of many cases where young girls have been unwillingly impregnated. One of my saddest memories is of a 7th grader named Joy... impregnated by her stepfather, she sat in a fetal position in the corner of my classroom. Yes, I reported the abuse to county social services... over and over and over again... and I was scolded by the school and county administration for'causing trouble'. I am still teaching (41 years) and I continue to 'cause trouble' by reporting abuse whenever I encounter it.

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Submitted by gsevalikova on
One thing that is common in dictatorships is,when they want large families for their wars they outlaw abortions and birth control by calling these two things as the same. And King probably believes that even if children of rape victims are hated by their mothers they can be useful as cannon fodder/slave labor. That's how it's always been in Russia where we come from. There should be pain prevention for the fetus, in any case. If the fundamentalists have their way, rape in marriage will be legal. Kudos to Joanie for staying on top of abusive situations-in the USSR it is still an uphill battle for kids, women,animal rights.