Rep. Steve King Defends His Anti-Abortion Bill
The latest news from Gilead, er, rather the good ol’ U. S. of A. is that Rep. Steve King—a representative from our democratic government—genuinely thinks there’d be no human population if it weren’t for rape and incest.The Des Moines Register reports that King, a Republican member of the House who represents Iowa, told a group of people on Wednesday: “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” He continued, “Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.”
The comment was made as part of King’s defense of his anti-abortion legislation, which doesn’t include any exceptions for rape or incest. King previously tried to get the legislation passed, but according to the Register, King said Republican leadership in Congress stopped the bill from advancing. During King’s defense, he also made the argument that “it’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother.”King made the comments during a breakfast meeting at the Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale, Iowa, and besides talking about abortion, rape, and incest, he also addressed his previous comments about another feel-good subject: white nationalism.Back in January, the New York Times quoted him as saying: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” The newspaper then reported that after the article was published, King issued a public statement where he called himself a “nationalist” and said he did not advocate for “white nationalism and white supremacy.” In the statement, he said, “I want to make one thing abundantly clear: I reject those labels and the evil ideology they define.”During his meeting in Iowa, the Register reports that King said the Times misquoted him.
Madison is a staff writer at ELLE.com, covering news, politics, and culture.