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Doctor Behind Akin’s Rape Myth: Romney Surrogate (Plus: Steve King, Gynecologist!)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 22, 2012

From the LAT via joelgp:

After saying he “can’t defend” Rep. Todd Akin’s suggestion that women don’t get pregnant from rape, Mitt Romney stepped up his rebuke on Tuesday when he called on Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race. But archives from Romney’s previous presidential bid show that the Massachusetts Republican has historically supported the person who is the source of Akin’s theory, Dr. Jack C. Willke, the father of the antiabortion movement.

…Willke believes that trauma caused by violent rape causes a woman’s reproductive system to shut down. He presents this belief as fact in educational materials, including a book about abortion and a website called abortionfacts.com. Willke’s views – and his role in promoting a theory that has been widely rejected in modern medicine – appear not to have concerned Romney in 2007, when he touted Willke’s endorsement.

In other Akin-related Republican rape news, we have this bit of questionable wisdom, courtesy of Iowa Representative Steve King (R-Dingbat):

Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

Well, gee, Steverino, we’ve got a case of statutory-rape-caused pregnancy right next door in Minnesota. Let Sally Jo Sorensen give you the details on the Jeremy Giefer story:

King ordinarily venues into Southern Minnesota to demogogue about immigration or to rally Southern Minnesota Republicans. Perhaps they can introduce Representative King to Mr. [Jeremy] Giefer, who fathered a child with a minor in the 1990s.

As the City Pages reported in December 2010:

In 1993, Giefer, then 19 years old, had fathered a daughter with his girlfriend, who was only 14 years old at the time of conception. He pleaded guilty to statutory rape, but claimed to the Star Tribune that he was being unfairly singled out for sticking around and supporting his girlfriend when other men would have bolted.

Giefer served 45 days in jail for the transgression, and 15 years later asked for a pardon extraordinary, the term for a pardon granted to someone who has already served the sentence for the crime they committed. With a pardon extraordinary, Giefer would no longer have to report his conviction, except in special circumstances.

Pawlenty and the board granted the Giefer’s request, citing the fact that Giefer was still married to the woman he had statutorily raped, and was raising their children together. . . .

Giefer’s earlier pardon for a 1993 statutory rape became newsworthy when he was accused of sexually assaulting a female relative, as Pinto reported in Jeremy Giefer could be Tim Pawlenty’s Willie Horton after Bluestem first connected the dots between the late 2010 charges and the earlier conviction and pardon. In December 2011, the Jeremy Giefer charges [were] dismissed as victim recants sexual assault allegations.

I wonder if Rep. King even knows what is meant by the words “statutory rape”? I have a feeling he doesn’t. At least, I would hope, for his sake, that he doesn’t.

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