Steve King Says His Words Were ‘Twisted’ On Statutory Rape

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) rejected suggestions that he doesn’t think pregnancies from statuatory rape and incest are common Tuesday.

“The liberal press and their allies have again twisted my words,” King said in a statement published by the Washington Post. “I never said, nor do I believe, a woman, including minors, cannot get pregnant from rape, statutory rape or incest. Suggesting otherwise is ridiculous, shameful, disgusting and nothing but an attempt to falsely define who I am.”

King told an Iowa TV station, “I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way” when asked hypothetically whether a girl who becomes pregnant at age 12 should have to carry a child to term. 

The Iowa Republican rejected Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) contention that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have biology that prevents them from getting pregnant, according to the Post.

“I have never heard of and categorically reject the so-called medical theory that launched this controversy,” he said.