Another Republican Lawmaker Says Women Won’t Get Pregnant From Rape

All together now: here we go again.

Republican Rep. Pete Nielsen of Idaho is currently under fire for suggesting that women are unlikely to become pregnant from rape or incest because of the trauma involved. Nielsen made the comment on Thursday during a House State Affairs committee. The committee was hearing about a bill that would require abortion clinics to inform women that they have a right to an ultrasound and where they could get one, according to KBOI 2News.

Nielsen’s exact words were, “I’m under the understanding that in many cases of rape, it does not involve any pregnancy because of the trauma of the situation, that may be true with incest a little bit.”

This sounds an awful lot like what another Republican, Todd Akin, said. Akin said that a woman’s body “has ways to try to shut down that whole thing” down (pregnancy) in cases of “legitimate rape.” This was back in 2012.

Nielsen continues to stand by is claims. He says he read about them “well before I was even in the House of Representatives,” in a follow-up interview with KBOI 2News.

I am so sorry that the American school system has failed you so badly, Nielsen. Not only are you horrifically unaware about how pregnancy can occur, but you clearly lack the capabilities of checking the validity of your sources.

In the same follow-up interview, Nielsen stated:

“I simply made the statement in the vent of rape, that trauma is very… well it’s awful. And I said basically that the chance of conception in that type of situation is not as great as it would be in a consensual situation. Now I didn’t use those terms but that’s what I was thinking.”

Nielsen told KBOI 2News that he has received phone calls and e-mails from many people, including doctors. He said that “most of them were very upset with me, saying that I didn’t understand, I don’t know what I’m talking about, and I need to get educated. They just say it out that plain.”

You can watch the video of the committee meeting below.

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