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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Republican Steve King Has Never Heard of a Girl Getting Pregnant from Statutory Rape or Incest

Posted by on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Holy fucking shit:

Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant 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 KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

Are Republicans really going to run as the party of rape apologists this year? It looks like it.

 

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But if you don't accept his premise, how can you criminalize all abortions across the board?* It's a slippery slope.

*except for legitimate rapes of course.
Posted by capicola on August 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM · Report this
Pick1 2
I've never met anyone specifically that has cancer. Cancer must not exist.
Posted by Pick1 on August 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 3
Is the Tampa keynote from Chris Christie going to open with him walking out to the song 99 Problems? Jesus Christ. Every time you think they've lost it this year, they lose it a lot more.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi http://www.zombo.com on August 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 4
Since the only possible purpose for sex is reproduction, of course it doesn't count as rape if she doesn't get pregnant. It is, at worst, an invasion of personal space, and there's no law against being a close-talker.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on August 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM · Report this
Chelydra_serpentina 5
Guess he was one of the three people on the planet who didn't hear about Jaycee Dugard.
Posted by Chelydra_serpentina on August 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM · Report this
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@5, perhaps we should all chip in and buy him a copy of her memoir?
Posted by Luckier on August 21, 2012 at 9:52 AM · Report this
Westlake, son! 7
Shocking. Simply shocking. Even more so that a large amount of people actually voted him into office.
Posted by Westlake, son! on August 21, 2012 at 9:52 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 8
@6 - He probably doesn't have that kind of attention span/literacy. Just send him a copy of Chinatown
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on August 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM · Report this
9
I was in Alaska for two whole weeks without seeing a single bear. I was bummed about it, of course, but having the knowledge that bears don't actually exist now makes my hikes in the woods while covered in peanut butter and deer musk a lot less trepidatious.

What a relief! I think I'll start making all of my big life decisions using King's formula.
Posted by stating the obvious on August 21, 2012 at 9:55 AM · Report this
California Kid 10
Attention Tampa! Sexual Predator Alert!
Residents of Tampa and St. Petersburg are being told to keep their daughters away from downtown Tampa for the next week, in fear of wilding packs of drunken Republicans
Posted by California Kid on August 21, 2012 at 10:04 AM · Report this
biffp 11
If he doesn't know about it personally, it doesn't exist. I hope this guy isn't on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee with Akin. Why is this country not advancing in math and science? It's a mystery.
Posted by biffp on August 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
12
Water, fire, air and dirt
Fucking vaginas, how do they work?
And I don't wanna talk to a scientist
Y'all motherfuckers lying, and getting me pissed.

InsaneRepublicanPosse
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on August 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM · Report this
Posted by Luckier on August 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM · Report this
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Of course there are others who share Akin's views. That's why Akin's statement creates a huge problem for Republicans, and why they are tripping over themselves to distance themselves from him -- he's exposed the true ugliness of the hardline anti-abortion worldview and nobody in that camp wants to have to answer the tough questions that are sure to follow.
Posted by Proteus on August 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM · Report this
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You guys, no one has ever presented Africa to me in a personal way so I'm not really sure it exists.

Why THE FUCK does this stupid piece of shit get to make decisions about my uterus, again?
Posted by JenV on August 21, 2012 at 10:34 AM · Report this
biffp 16
Akin has a 6pm deadline to decide if he is staying in the race with McCaskill.
Posted by biffp on August 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM · Report this
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The GOP is now officially the Rapepublican party.
Posted by Mr. X on August 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM · Report this
ryanayr 18
The Republicans of Gilead
Posted by ryanayr on August 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM · Report this
fixo 19
@4 I think you have it backwards. Akin was saying if the rape was "legitimate," as in "bona fide" or "true-blue," as opposed, presumably, to just a little friendly matter within the family, or to where the woman had it coming because of what she wore, or (to be fair) to consensual sex after which the woman falsely claimed it was nonconsensual--that is, "non-legitimate" rape--, God's design would cause the lady parts not to allow conception and pregnancy. In all other cases, ipso facto, the woman should accept any pregnancy as a gift from God, as Santorum would have it, and the Constitution should be amended to prohibit terminating that pregnancy. In other words, it doesn't count as rape if she DOES get pregnant. Steve King, on the other hand, seemed to be saying something quite different, which is that we don't need exceptions for statutory rape and incest, because he's never known any victim of statutory rape or incest who got pregnant. He is fine with requiring a pregnant victim of, say, a completely coerced stranger rape to carry that baby. I admit that it is possible these characters have completely confused me. However, I believe the important point is how relentlessly, blissfully ignorant these guys are on a topic about which they presume to legislate for all of us.
Posted by fixo on August 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 20
Report from the GOP: "HAVE HIT BOTTOM... STARTING TO DIG"
Posted by Urgutha Forka on August 21, 2012 at 10:55 AM · Report this
sloegin 21
How do the (R)s handle the cognitive dissonance of abortion=bad and rape=bad?

First, claim rape babies don't exist.
Second, blame the victim.
Third, claim will of God.
Fourth, get pissy when someone points out that the rapist is rewarded in their policies.
Posted by sloegin on August 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM · Report this
blip 22
According to Mike Huckabee yesterday, there are some* (*at least two) awesome people who were the result of rape. So there's that.
Posted by blip on August 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 23
What a clASS act.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on August 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
pissy mcslogbot 24
& also, Steve King is Roman Catholic so he believes that Mary was a virgin when she conceived(by the Holy Spirit) and gave birth, and she remained a virgin for the rest of her life; and yet he would require a girl today who was raped or molested to deliver her attackers/abusers child.

-that's some sick deluded woman hating shit right there.
Posted by pissy mcslogbot on August 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 25
I've never personally met a murderer. Therefor legitimate murder doesn't exist.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on August 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM · Report this
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@8 He couldn't sustain the interest to make it to the end of even that and, even if he did make it to the big scene, he wouldn't be able to understand it.

This post doesn't mention the most important endorsement of all - that of Kirk Cameron.
Posted by floater on August 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
internet_jen 27
This means that when ever anyone has been talking about women's issues, he wasn't listening.
Posted by internet_jen on August 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 28
@19,

It seems the same to me. Both Akin and King think that women have magical uteruses that prevent pregnancy in the case of rape. Akin merely went a little further into crazytown with his distinction between "legitimate" and "illegitimate" rape.
Posted by keshmeshi on August 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 29
they've drawn the line at an absolute: no abortion is acceptable, period. the fetus is innocent, and has a right to live regardless of a woman's will. if they admit that incest/rape/endangering the life of the mother pregnancies exist, and that termination of the pregnancy in these cases is legitimate, its a slippery slope to where we are now: legality and choice. so no exceptions.

therefore, they deny that these exceptions exist. they qualify them - "legitimate", "forcible". they dismiss the argument that abortions will happen regardless of legality, and should be safe. they oppose birth control. they pass laws that restrict abortion to narrower and narrower circumstances. they make access a humiliating labyrinth. they intimidate and terrorize providers. they eliminate financing of women's health.

it's a long campaign, and the anti-choice forces are winning. there are millions, many who are female, whose only rationale for voting GOP is stopping abortion. they have taken over the GOP, where once they were useful idiots. just a few more SCOTUS justices and roe v wade is history.

frankly, i doubt that this costs Akin the election. it might seal his victory.
Posted by Max Solomon on August 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM · Report this
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Holy fuck. Two batshit and unrelated Republican Congressman named "King." I thought Peter King (R-IRA) of New York was the only one.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on August 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 31
@19 - You must be mistaken. I am incapable of errors, because of Jesus. You're probably thinking of some homo-communist abortionist.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on August 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM · Report this
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I'm confused, has he never heard of teenage pregnancy? Does he really think those were all fathered by guys under 18*?

(* or within the statutory relative age window, where applicable)

And then there's this:
http://www.snopes.com/pregnant/medina.as…
Posted by K on August 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM · Report this
33
I'll just leave this here...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_you…
Posted by Kyleen on August 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM · Report this
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They've gotten away with being torture apologists for 10 years now. Why not defend rape? It might well increase turnout in some valuable parts of the electorate. Goodbye NASCAR dads, hello incestuous uncles.
Posted by dirge on August 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
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He must have attended the same five (six? seven? nine?) community colleges as Sarah Palin. Leaving aside the terrifying stupidity of what I assume he intended to say, I don't think I've ever seen such a plate of word salad laid out for a serious subject. The man has to have been the star pupil of Ms. Palin's favorite teacher.
Posted by Calpete on August 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM · Report this
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Is this what happens when you are educated in schools that don't teach sex ed? Or are these people just really old?
Posted by mitten on August 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM · Report this
37
@36
Both.
They're old and their education has been religious-based.
Which is also the reason that so many of them want to get rid of real science education and substitute Creationism.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on August 21, 2012 at 2:28 PM · Report this
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We're not that far away from the day when we can remove a live fetus and raise it to birth in a surrogate or machine.

It will be very interesting to see the reaction of the anti-abortion crowd when this comes to pass.

I imagine they will simply oppose such surgeries and will be unwilling to fund post removal care for such relocated fetuses much the same way they can't be bothered with other people's babies once they are born.
Posted by Science Faction on August 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM · Report this
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If you read the transcript of the interview, you'll see that what he actually said was that he didn't PERSONALLY KNOW anyone who'd gotten pregnant in that way. In context, it was not an assertion that women and girls can't get pregnant from statutory but rather a lame attempt to sidestep the interviewer's question, which was, "What makes rape 'forcible' enough? Should a 12-year-old girl who's pregnant have to carry the child to term?"

We should criticize him for weaseling out of the legitimate question of just what he means by "forcible rape," not for saying things that he didn't say.
Posted by DRF on August 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM · Report this
Skye Blu 40
22- Is it just me or do there seem to be a lot of Republicans who were born of rape? There is a reason for them to want to deny rape-baby abortions if it is going to weed out their future soldiers.
Posted by Skye Blu on August 21, 2012 at 8:26 PM · Report this
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@#12, SWEET! When's the album drop?
Posted by catseye on August 22, 2012 at 2:15 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 42
King is a moron, pure and simple. But his constituents are largely morons, so he's well-suited as their leader.

(seriously, I'm home for a visit, and you wouldn't believe how much stupid there is around here. Of course, they are constantly barraged by the most hateful political television ads)
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on August 22, 2012 at 6:58 AM · Report this
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@39, I've seen people say that, but that doesn't make any sense either. The question was, "Should a 12-year-old girl who's pregnant have to carry the child to term?" His answer was, basically, "I don't know any 12-year-old girls who are pregnant." That doesn't even start to answer the question unless he's meaning to imply that it isn't really an issue because it doesn't happen.
Posted by doodle4395 on August 23, 2012 at 8:49 PM · Report this
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@43 You are correct that it doesn't start to answer the question. However, that doesn't mean he was trying to say that girls and women can't get pregnant in this way. If you look at the transcript, you'll see that he's trying to duck and dodge the question; he immediately switches to a part of his platform that isn't so pathetically weak.
Posted by DRF on August 24, 2012 at 6:34 AM · Report this
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I was taught in high school in the 50's that 'politics makes for strange bedfellows' and what that meant.
I suppose we don't have to worry about bastard off spring misanthropes being (re)produced by the rape and ravaging of the Lady Liberty by old Republicans because women have magic vaginas that have a switch that decides which invasion is legitimate and which is not.
I guess those two 'sisters' who walk the road by my house babbling away do not exist because their father who is also their grandfather was lured into the act by them when they were 12 years old and therefore either are the mass hallucinations of our community are or they're just cheap whores.
I graduated high school in '57, the year of the big fin cars, and I wonder who these Republicans are in that context. What did they think was going on at dances when couples would go out to the parking lot to sit and smooch. Goes to show that for every Republican who can't keep it in his pants, there's ten who wonder what that zipper down there is for.
'If I don't do it, why should anyone else?'
Posted by Gonesouth on August 25, 2012 at 5:54 AM · Report this

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