The president of California's oldest and largest GOP volunteer group took a wrong turn while trying to criticize GOP candidates' missteps on women's reproductive rights when she argued that pregnancies resulting from rape are rare "because the body is traumatized."
Celeste Greig leads the California Republican Assembly, which former President Ronald Reagan once called "the conscience of the Republican Party." It works to elect conservative Republicans to public office.
Greig spoke to the Daily Democrat in Woodland, Calif., while in Sacramento for the GOP's spring convention on Friday. She criticized former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) comment that it is "rare" for a woman to get pregnant after a "legitimate rape" because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
"That was an insensitive remark," Greig said. "I'm sure he regretted it. He should have come back and apologized."
She then went on, however, to agree with Akin's premise that such pregnancies are uncommon.
TVNL Comment: Republicans have a knack for inventing their own science and ignoring legitimate research. Scientific American states that pregnancy from rape occurs as frequently as pregnancy from consensual sex. BUT, - suppose there is only ONE such pregnancy. Should that rape victim be denied an abortion? Is this really 2013 in America? Just asking...