Head of California Republican Assembly Says Pregnancy From Rape Is 'Rare'

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Annnnnd take 45! Honestly, this shit would be hilarious if it weren't so depressing.

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Last Friday, Celeste Greig, the head of the California Republican Assembly, told the media that pregnancies by rape are rare "because it's an act of violence, because the body is traumatized."* The best/saddest part is, she said this when criticizing former Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's legitimate rape comments. I'll pause while you shake your head forever.

These Republicans just can't get it right. It's like one of them said, "When babies are born, they come out of the woman's right ear," and then another one goes, "That's absurd, they come out of the left ear."

Further, it can also read as racist on top of being sexist. Not only does the Republican party's inability to stop saying idiotic things about rape further alienate women, but all this talk about victims of rape also denies the history of slavery in America, and the ancestry of millions of Americans.

It is believed that some of the thirty percent of black Americans — including first lady Michelle Obama — have white male ancestors, in part because white men often raped back slaves. The fact these people — these GOP leaders — can say these things with a straight face while the descendants of raped slaves stand around them is disgusting on so many levels.

Unsurprisingly, Greig recently (as in, today) called the American Civil Liberties Union a "communist organization," and is slamming Harmeet Dhillon — an Indian American who's running for vice chair of the California Republican Party — for being too liberal.

*Thanks to commenters fugit, T_Beermonster, and OpressedWhiteMan for providing sources in case you need to shout down your Republican grandparents at the next family reunion picnic.

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  • If we set aside issues of contraceptive use then conception rates from rape are about 5%.
  • One study that attempted to control for contraceptive use found conception rates for rape of 8%, this is significantly higher than for consensual intercourse.
  • "In some countries where abortion is illegal even after rape and incest, over 90% of pregnancies in children 15 and under are due to rape by family members." —
    O'Toole, Laura L.; Schiffman, Jessica R., eds. (1997). Gender Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. p. 235. ISBN 978-0-8147-8041-1.
  • And yet, some sources make this more interesting, if a murkier issue, due to rape statistics serving any number of political ends.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice in 2005, the number of pregnancies from rape victims were around 5%.
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DISCUSSION

fugit
fugit

I read this site a lot, and love most of the content and a fair share of the comments too, but this article is a poor example of why.

You've completely blown off an amazing opportunity : A public figure states an irresponsible fact without backing it up, and you argue against it with barely backing your argument up either.

WHY.

You have an opportunity to share properly referenced, true FACTS with your readers, facts that can arm them against similar sexist bullshit they encounter day to day, it's the perfect opportunity! But do you do it? NO. Instead you post a dramatic emotive rant without only a single example, but mostly vitriolic unproductive anger. I'm sorry but it's bullshit, You want to battle ignorance? Do it with responsible and devastating information, factual, referenced knowledge, and more than one example. You can and have done better. Don't stoop to the level of those you're against.

* Also, I'm a little unclear as to the connection/transition you made to slavery. Sure it's technically an example, but it seems to be just as much about slavery as it is about rape, it almost obfuscates the issue, like you're implying that the figure in question was making a racist statement too. All this weakens your overall argument. I appreciate you're doing this, I just wish you did it more rationally sometimes. Sorry, now I'm the vitriolic, angry one. Here are some facts I hope will educate some other commenters, from a cursory search:

O'Toole, Laura L.; Schiffman, Jessica R., eds. (1997). Gender Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. p. 235. ISBN 978-0-8147-8041-1.

"In some countries where abortion is illegal even after rape and incest, over 90% of pregnancies in children 15 and under are due to rape by family members." (wikipedia)

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-08/rape-results-more-pregnancies-not-less

"Rape Results In More Pregnancies Than Consensual Sex, Not Fewer"

And yet, some sources make this more interesting, if a murkier issue, due to rape statistics serving any number of political ends:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444358404577605292434990750.html

I'm going to catch hell for this. But whatever.