Oh. My. God. Rep. Steve King has never ever heard about a pregnancy resulting from statutory rape or non-forcible teen rape. Whatever the fuck non-forcible means, anyways.
REPORTER: You support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that would provide federal funding for abortions to a person that has been forcefully raped. But what if someone isn’t forcibly raped and for example, a 12-year-old who gets pregnant? Should she have to bring this baby to term?
KING: Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way and I’d be open to hearing discussion about that subject matter. Generally speaking it’s this: that there millions of abortions in this country every year. Millions of them are paid for at least in part by taxpayers. I think it’s immoral for us to compel conscientious objecting taxpayers to fund abortion through the federal government, or any other government for that matter. So that’s my stand. And if there are exceptions there, then bring me those exceptions let’s talk about it. In the meantime it’s wrong for us to compel pro-life people to pay taxes to fund abortion.
Y’all. I cannot make this shit up. Like… what? You’ve never ever ever heard of Glee? Or watched anything on MTV? Or heard of Push/Precious?
Some defending the representative have said that he obviously knew about teen pregnancy through statutory rape, just didn’t know anyone personally who’d been affected by it. TPM writes:
After this post was published, King’s office said he had been taken out of context.
“What he was saying was, he personally does not know a girl who was raped,” Brittany Lesser, a spokesperson for King said. “He never says, ‘I’ve never heard of that.’ There’s a fine line between ‘I’ve never heard of that’ and ‘I don’t know personally anybody who’s been raped. There’s a difference. There is a difference.”
As TPM originally reported, King’s response to a question about whether a young girl who gets pregnant should have to carry a baby to term was, “I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way.” King was not asked whether he knew anyone personally who had been in such a circumstance.
Bolded for truth, y’all. No one asked King whether he knew anyone personally, they just asked whether or not a child should be legislatively coerced into bearing a child. Gah.