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.”
A 1996 review by the Guttmacher Institute found “at least half of all babies born to minor women are fathered by adult men.”
In a statement made later in the day, King’s office ‘clarified’ King’s statement:
was saying was, he personally does not know a girl who was raped,”
Brittany Lesser, a spokesperson for King said. “He never says, ‘I’ve
never heard of that.’ There’s a fine line between ‘I’ve never heard of
that’ and ‘I don’t know personally anybody who’s been raped. There’s a
difference. There is a difference.”