Ever heard of a victim of rape or incest getting pregnant? If so, maybe you can clue Rep. Steve King in. According to King, he has never heard of a victim of rape and incest getting pregnant.

Truth be told, I believe some of the GOP politicians are in fact a products of incestuous relationships. How did they rise to prominence with such low intelligence I’ll never know. But, there’s no other way one can explain the downright stupidity that falls as turds from the mouth, from the likes of Rep. Steve King, Rep. Todd Akin, and the idiots defending the concept of “legitimate rape”.

Speaking to a local KMEG-TV reporter while on the campaign trail in his district, King said, “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way.” However, as for allowing victims of rape and incest having abortions, King added, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.” This was said after King sung praises of Akin and touted him as a “a strong Christian man, with a wonderful family.” He also said that he support’s Akin’s character and had nothing specific to say about his remarks, because he was not sure of the context of his statement. Now I don’t know about you, but I think Akin’s statement was pretty clear.

Context aside, in case you’re of the knockle-dragging kind much like King and Akin, check out the following piece by Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post. In the following, Kliff presents the results of a study published in the journal Human Nature by Jonathan A. Gottschall and Tiffani A. Gottschall, that argues that rape victims have a higher rate of pregnancy than other women.

Rep. Todd Akin caused a public outcry Sunday when he suggested that women who were “legitimately raped” would rarely become pregnant. Study after study has proven that theory false. But one provocative study, published in 2003, went even further: It found that a single act of rape was more than twice as likely to result in pregnancy than an act of consensual sex.

The study, “Are per-incident rape-pregnancy rates higher than per-incident consensual pregnancy rates?” was published in the journal Human Nature by Jonathan A. Gottschall and Tiffani A. Gottschall, two professors at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. They used data from the federally administered National Violence Against Women survey. There, they found a sample of 405 women between the ages of 12 and 45 who had experienced one incidence of rape that included intercourse.

Of those 405 women included in the sample, 6.4 percent — or 26 women — reported a pregnancy that year. A separate large-scale study showed that, for the general population of women that age, the per-incidence pregnancy rate for a single act of intercourse is 3.1 percent.

As to why rape victims would have a higher rate of pregnancy, the Gottschalls put forward a few theories. They look at previous research, which suggests that men are more attracted to women who are fertile and ovulating. In consensual sex, women can decline sex at a time where there might be a high likelihood of pregnancy. That’s not the case in rape.

“Rapists do not wait to be chosen, rapists choose,” they write. “As such, within the limits of opportunity, rapists would be able to target women bearing cues [of fertility].”

The Gottschalls do acknowledge that their study was at odds with previous research, which showed a lower rate of pregnancy among rape victims.

Facts and science be damned, while Republicans are stampeding away from wackjobs like Akin and King. The truth is, the notion that it is impossible rape victims to become pregnant and thus should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term, as Rachel Maddow shows below, this is nothing new to folks on the political right. And for many, this belief is used to justify the personhood movement in an attempt to ban abortions. I know, hard to believe that they support this.

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