Ronald Reagan called the California Republican Assembly “the conscience of the Republican Party”. The President of that conscience, Celeste Greig, told Mercury News that the percentage of pregnancies by rape is small “because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized.”
Mercury News reported:
Ironically, Greig was in the midst of criticizing former Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin for saying that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” It was a remark that many believe led not only to his defeat in November but also helped tarnish the Republican brand around the country.
“That was an insensitive remark,” Greig said. “I’m sure he regretted it. He should have come back and apologized.”
Greig, however, went on to say: “Granted, 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.”
Here’s a clue for Republicans. If you don’t “know”, then you probably shouldn’t say anything. Here she is saying rape from pregnancy is small, but then she goes on to say she doesn’t know the percentages, “Granted, 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.”
Sad to say that Greig is a female, who might be expected to understand that indeed the female body does not shut down when traumatized. But in case that fact escapes her, there’s always history. Rape is a weapon of war WHY, Republicans?
The truth is that Republicans are not this stupid. While it’s true that they put on a good show denying science and defying logic, they say things like this because it is the only defense they have for their policies that protect the “preborn” more than they do the already live human body carrying the preborn. Faced with the reality that their policies force women to carry pregnancies to term and therefore remove liberty from women, Republicans have to pretend like pregnancy from rape is rare.
The party of alleged personal liberty can’t find any way to reconcile their extremist religious views and desire to impose those on all Americans other than to deny reality.
So we get variations of “rape from pregnancy is rare!”
Mercury News pointed out that most studies show women get pregnant at the same rate from rape as they do from consensual sex, although one study showed women getting pregnant at more than double the rate as consensual sex. Since we don’t like to make up our own science, and that study hasn’t been duplicated, let’s just go with it’s the exact same odds as consensual sex. That means that Republicans want to force rape victims to carry their rapist’s preborn to term.
Once a woman does that, it’s relevant to note, this is the same party killing aid to impoverished children and single mothers, as well as the party trying to kill public education. This is also the party whose national platform, when followed through logically, makes some forms of birth control illegal. This is called “freedom” GOP style.
The California Republican Assembly describes themselves as “Chartered in 1934, the CRA is the state’s oldest and largest Republican volunteer organization. CRA has been working to elect Republican candidates who stand unwaveringly for Republican principles.”
Here’s Reagan praising the CRA:
The California Republican Assembly doesn’t believe in federal taxes, believes in “traditional families”, the “preborn” and national defense (ha ha, has anyone told them what the Republicans in Congress did to national defense?).
And also, the CRA believes that women don’t get pregnant from rape very often because the body shuts that crap down!
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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