Target: Celeste Greig, Head of the California Republican Assembly
Goal: Call for California Republican to resign over false and controversial rape comment
Another leader in the Republican party has falsely asserted that women rarely get pregnant from rape. During a recent interview, Celeste Greig, head of the California Republican Assembly, claimed that women who are raped do not usually get pregnant because there is too much trauma inflicted upon the body during the violent act. Greig needs to be condemned for both disrespecting victims of rape and disregarding factual evidence in order to gain support for her ideologies.
Greig’s comment is just another nauseating example of the Republican platform’s notorious use of lies about rape to forward their anti-choice abortion agenda. In 2012, Todd Akin infamously said: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”. During the entirety of the 2012 election cycle, at least seven more men who were part of the Republican party made false and controversial statements regarding rape. This includes Richard Murdock, who stated that rape was something that “God intended”.
This is personal—this is not a politician exercising her right to an opinion. Celeste Greig is misrepresenting the truth in a dangerous way. Studies show that women are twice as likely to get pregnant from a rape, mostly because their attackers are not concerned with using contraception. And no, the body does not have a way to “shut that whole thing down”, nor does the trauma inflicted upon a woman during rape make her any more or less likely to become pregnant—it is just another horrible part of the whole slew of issues a woman faces after she is raped.
Something needs to be done to stop politicians from denying real, scientific evidence just so that they can forward their agendas. More specifically, Republicans need to be held responsible for their lies about rape and violence towards women. To allow them to continue is to allow ignorance to spread. Call for Celeste Greig to resign from the California Republican Assembly and apologize for disseminating misinformation about rape.
Dear Celeste Greig,
Your recent comment regarding rape was reprehensible. You stated that women rarely get pregnant when they are raped because of the violent nature of the act. This is simply not true—in fact, studies show that women are twice as likely to get pregnant from a rape. Unlike many men who engage in consensual sex, rapists do not often wear condoms.
We are having trouble understanding why, especially as a woman, you would want to spread such misinformation regarding such a vile act of violence and abuse. Did you know that one in every six women in America have experienced a rape or attempted rape in their lifetime? As a figure in politics, you should be aware of how far your sphere of influence extends and understand that it is your responsibility to stick to the truth. Your comment denies reality. Please remove yourself from such a high position in politics—we ask you to resign as the head of the California Republican Assembly.
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