WTF: Idaho Republican Says ‘Trauma’ Prevents Pregnancy In Rape


Move over former Rep. Todd ‘Legitimate rape’ Akins, there’s a new idiot in town to edumacate us dumb women about rape.

During a hearing about a bill which would require women in Idaho who are seeking abortions to be given a list of providers of free ultrasounds, and to be told they have a right to such a procedure and to hear a fetal heart monitor, Rep. Pete Nielson (R-Mountain) explained that in cases of rape and incest, the victim doesn’t have to worry about getting pregnant, according to The Spokesman Review.

Nielsen said, “Now, I’m of the understanding that in many cases of rape it does not involve any pregnancy because of the trauma of the incident.” “That may be true with incest a little bit,” he added.

After the hearing, Nielsen stood by his remarks saying pregnancy “doesn’t happen as often as it does with consensual sex, because of the trauma involved.”

When asked how he knew that, he said, “That’s information that I’ve had through the years. Whether it’s totally accurate or not, I don’t know.”

He added, “I read a lot of information. I have read it several times. … Being a father of five girls, I’ve explored this a lot.”

Audio courtesy of Planned Parenthood votes Northwest:

So he’s ‘explored’ incest a lot. Okay then. We get to say that since he makes false assumptions about rape while defending a no-exceptions rule for abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

The Spokesman-Review reports:

Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, who has worked with victims of sexual violence, said legislators are ignoring science and making decisions based on conjecture.

“What that kind of a statement does to somebody who’s been victimized violently – it’s ignorant, it’s insensitive,” she said.

Hannah Brass Greer, legislative director for Planned Parenthood in Idaho, said statements from politicians like Nielsen point blame at rape and incest victims who become pregnant, suggesting they must have consented to the attacks.

“That’s obviously, medically, scientifically inaccurate. That type of comment we’ve heard before, when politics get in the way of medical care,” she said. “It’s harmful on so many levels.”…

The scientific consensus on the issue is that rape is as likely to result in pregnancy as consensual sex, and some studies suggest the rate of pregnancy is higher in rape. A 2003 study that appeared in the scientific journal “Human Nature,” for instance, found that the rate of pregnancy from rape exceeded the rate of pregnancy from consensual sex by a “sizable margin.”

Hey Nielson, I was impregnated by my rapist years ago and chose to undergo an abortion procedure. The medical community would disagree with him, too.

Republicans would shame me for that and therein lies the problem. It’s legal. Back Alley abortions killed women but to them, a fetus is more important than a woman who they just consider to be breeding vessels.

I am not ashamed.

H/T: FON’s @TheCitizeNY, with thanks.

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