California GOP President said pregnancy from rape is rare, but also said she doesn’t know the statistics

September 6, 2014

Women's Health

Celeste Greig, former president of the California Republican Assembly

“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.”

– California GOP Assembly President Celeste Greig in March, 2013 (now former president)

While it would be nice to say that Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments were not representative of a more widespread problem, we can’t overlook the fact that numerous politicians seem to share his medically inaccurate sentiments. 

Notice that she said “I don’t know,” but also said that the percentage is small. These statements contradict each other. Ms. Greig’s linkedin page doesn’t list any medical training, and she did not give any other proof to back her claim. 

Pregnancy from rape is a difficult phenomenon to statistically analyze, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore it. In 1996 the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a study that concluded that there were possibly 32,000 rape-related pregnancies per year.

Yes, this is a difficult subject to discuss, but we should not make scientifically inaccurate statements that belittle victims of sexual violence and make it more difficult to have intelligent debate.

(Image from jezebel)

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I'm a Yale graduate who majored in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health.

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2 Comments on “California GOP President said pregnancy from rape is rare, but also said she doesn’t know the statistics”

  1. elizabetcetera Says:

    You just wrote the name Todd Akins and my blood started to boil!

    You’ve reminded me of the term “gynotician” … here’s more:

    Love the short posts … and still can’t believe you can find stupidity just ABOUT every day!

    Liked by 1 person



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