Whoa! Turns out we’ve got our own Republican expert on female reproduction right here in California. Not to be left out of the GOP’s War of Women, in steps Celeste Greig, the current President of the California Republican Assembly. Ms. Greig’s offered a followup to failed U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin’s medical treatise on rape in today’s Huffington Puffington Post below, and also here in the Daily Democrat.
WHEN are these folks going to learn how to keep their mouths shut? Former California Republican Party Chairman today published a short set of eight guidelines for candidates off a Facebook post he’d made over the weekend — here’s Number Nine — unless you’ve got a Harvard Med School degree and practice at Boston General, you probably don’t know crap about human anatomy. The Huff Po, never a fan of the feckless GOP, still managed to repeat some more-than-cogent advice at the end of this piece: “In January, GOP pollster Kellyanne Connway told House Republicans at their retreat that they should treat rape like a “four-letter word” and stop talking about it.”
Greig is running for re-election (two-year term) as the CRA’s President at their late April Convention. She is being challenged by the President of the CRA’s Fountain Valley unit, CPA John W. Briscoe.
UPDATE: Courage Campaign petition draws 22,000 seeking CAGOP activist’s resignation over rape comments. This Carla Marinucci post needs careful consideration as she’s one of the worst, most biased political writers in California.
The Huffington Post | By Amanda Terkel Posted: 03/02/2013 12:19 pm EST | Updated: 03/02/2013 4:18 pm EST
The president of California’s oldest and largest GOP volunteer group took a wrong turn while trying to criticize GOP candidates’ missteps on women’s reproductive rights when she argued that pregnancies resulting from rape are rare “because the body is traumatized.”
Celeste Greig leads the California Republican Assembly, which former President Ronald Reagan once called “the conscience of the Republican Party.” It works to elect conservative Republicans to public office.
Greig spoke to reporter Steven Harmon with the Bay Area News Group in Woodland, Calif., while in Sacramento for the GOP’s spring convention on Friday. She criticized former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-Mo.) comment that it is “rare” for a woman to get pregnant after a “legitimate rape” because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
“That was an insensitive remark,” Greig said. “I’m sure he regretted it. He should have come back and apologized.”
She then went on, however, to agree with Akin’s premise that such pregnancies are uncommon.
“Granted, the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized,” she added. “I don’t know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. Because of the trauma the body goes through, I don’t know what percentage of pregnancy results from the act.”
The Bay Area News Group reported that Greig’s comment was immediately criticized by state Democrats.
“If a woman is near-ovulating or ovulating, and sperm comes in direct contact, she gets pregnant — it doesn’t matter what the nature of the act was,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley). “It’s just outrageous, beyond absurd.It’s insulting. It’s the same line of thinking of ‘If we just dress differently, or behave differently, we won’t be raped.’ They’re basically saying ‘while we’re being raped, if we hate it enough we won’t get pregnant.'”
Greig’s comments make clear that not every Republican learned the lessons of the 2012 election, when both Akin and Indiana’s Richard Mourdock stumbled in their U.S. Senate bids after talking about rape and pregnancy. In January, GOP pollster Kellyanne Connway told House Republicans at their retreat that they should treat rape like a “four-letter word” and stop talking about it.