Rep. Steve King: If Not For Rape And Incest, Would There Be Any Population Left?

Rep. Steve King's comments came in defense of his anti-abortion stance that allows no exceptions for rape or incest.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wondered aloud this week if the world would have any population left were it not for rape and incest throughout history, according to the Des Moines Register.

In comments at the Westside Conservative Club, where King spoke to a group of about 50 people, he employed this logic in defense of his extreme anti-abortion bills.

"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?" King asked. "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 legislation King has introduced and supported in Congress would ban abortion in all situations, including rape and incest. Those bills have been blocked by Republican leadership from advancing through the House, the Register noted.

But King, who is Catholic, insisted that Republicans are in agreement with him that "It's not the baby's fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother” and that conception in bad circumstances still produces a person.

The Iowa Republican has a reputation of making extreme and outlandish comments, including remarks on white nationalism that drew rebuke from members of his own party.

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