The president of California’s oldest and largest GOP volunteer group took a wrong turn while trying to criticize GOP candidates’ missteps on women’s reproductive rights when she argued that pregnancies resulting from rape are rare “because the body is traumatized.”
Celeste Greig leads the California Republican Assembly, which former President Ronald Reagan once called “the conscience of the Republican Party.” It works to elect conservative Republicans to public office.
Greig tried to get this right, criticizing Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments, in which the Missouri Republican said rapes rarely lead to pregnancies because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
But Greig couldn’t leave well enough alone, feeling the need to then endorse Akin’s argument: “Granted, 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.”
A couple of months ago, a top GOP pollster advised Republicans to consider rape a “four-letter word.” Apparently, it’s taking a while for the message to sink in.