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.