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Rape rarely leads to pregnancy, says another Republican

Last Updated: Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 11:27

New York: Now, another Republican has sparked a row saying pregnancies by rape are rare because a woman`s body is traumatized by the violence.

Celeste Greig, president of the California Republican Assembly, made the remarks to the San Jose Mercury News ahead of this weekend`s state GOP convention in Sacramento.

Greig was responding to a question about former Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, who gave an outrageous definition of `legitimate rape`, saying women`s bodies have the power to prevent pregnancy.

According to the New York Post, Greig said Akin`s comment was insensitive and required an apology, but she then gave a similar remark.

She said `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."

Greig`s comments come as the California Republican Party is trying to reboot its image after years of election defeats and registration declines.

Public opinion surveys show Republican s are consistently in the minority on a range of social issues supported by a majority of California voters, the paper said.

First Published: Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 11:14
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