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article imageCalifornia Republican Assembly leader says 'rape pregnancy rare'

By Greta McClain     Mar 2, 2013 in Politics
Sacramento - As if channeling controversial former Missouri U.S. Senate candidate, Todd Akin, the leader of the California Republican Assembly is claiming women rarely become pregnant due to rape because the "body is traumatized".
Celeste Greig, president of the California Republican Assembly, a group former President Ronald Reagan called "the conscience of the Republican party", told a Mercury News reporter pregnancies from rape are rare.
Ironically, the comment came as Greig was criticizing Todd Akin for his "forcible rape" comment. She told Mercury News:
"That was an insensitive remark. I'm sure he regretted it. He should have come back and apologized."
She did not stop there however. Instead, she continued by saying:
"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."
In August of last year, Missouri U.S. House member and former U.S. Senate candidate, Todd Akin, said:
“From what I understand from doctors, pregnancy from rape is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin was immediately criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike, with Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown issuing a statement saying:
"As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin's comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong".
Reactions to Greig's comments were equally swift and harsh, with California Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner calling them outrageous and "beyond absurd" She went on to say:
"It's insulting. It's the same line of thinking of 'If we just dress differently, or behave differently, we won't be raped.' They're basically saying 'while we're being raped, if we hate it enough we won't get pregnant.'"
Medical research does not back up Greig's claim however. According to a study conducted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina, "rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency." An Obstetrics & Gynecology report shows 20 percent of women experience a rape-related pregnancy. According to a St. Lawrence University study,
"per-incident rape-pregnancy rates exceed per-incident consensual pregnancy rates by a sizable margin."
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