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What a defense…even if it were true, which it most certainly is not….saying that the issue is that the fear and trauma of rape are such that it inhibits pregnancy is a grotesque position to take.

“Don’t worry, the rape will be so awful that she’ll never conceive”. Do these people hear themselves?

It reminds me of politician Todd Akin’s comments a decade ago: “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” which he insisted is what some doctor told him.

It cost him the senate race in Missouri, but then he retracted his non-apology and blamed the media. They never learn, they never hear themselves or change their tune.

They’re just like TRAs- throw out some anti-science, misogynistic BS that aligns with their delusional beliefs and blame others when they get called out.

And you’re right that it totally minimizes the TRAUMA of rape like it’s nothing, like it’s such a natural, expected process that the victim’s body magically “deals with it” and so everything is fine.

For a woman to say that is so fucking pathetic... The denial of reality is a symptom of a world run by people who live in ivory towers.

[–] KissMyOvaries 5 points Edited

She’s a POS. I’m really tired of seeing her ads all over the TV.

It’s pretty clear what the hell she meant as the ad has her speaking.

That sounds insufferable constantly hearing her BS! Another disgusting sellout throwing women under the bus.

It looks like she’s up against a woman (Spanburger?) who espouses TRA talking points and thinks boys belong in girls’ locker rooms and sports teams.

Omg…it’s a contest between a deranged forced birther who thinks women can’t get pregnant from rape, and a deranged TRA who wants children to be able to medically transition. Two anti-science self-hating handmaidens. 😞

Vega expressed support for new state-level restrictions. She added, "The left will say, 'Well, what about in cases of rape or incest?' I'm a law-enforcement officer. I became a police officer in 2011. I've worked one case where, as a result of a rape, the young woman became pregnant."

YEAH, THIS WAS BACK WHEN WOMEN HAD SOME CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN BODIES IF THEY DIDNT WANT TO BE RAPIST INCUBATORS

All you are saying, hun, is that in all the rape cases you investigated, back when women had choices, only one woman proceeded with the pregnancy for you to know about

Article text:

Republican Yesli Vega recently was asked to elaborate on a statement she made about rapes resulting in pregnancies during her campaign for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District seat.

A television reporter from WVAW in Charlottesville asked Vega on Oct. 20 if “she believes [a] woman can’t get pregnant from being raped,” a charge that her Democratic opponent, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, is making a focus this fall.

“That is absolutely ridiculous,” Vega said. “Those were never my comments. I think that it is despicable that [Spanberger] would use something as traumatic as that to score cheap political points.”

Gianni Snidle, the Virginia Democratic Party spokesperson, called Vega’s denial a “lie.”

We ran a fact check and found that Vega has not said a woman can’t get pregnant from rape. But she did suggest that women, for special reasons, are unlikely to get pregnant from being raped — a claim that medical experts have long rejected.

The controversy stems from comments Vega made this spring when, as first reported by Axios Richmond, she was taped talking to an unidentified woman at a campaign event in Stafford County. Vega — who opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when a mother’s life is endangered — was asked what Congress should do if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its Roe v. Wade decision (which it later did).

Vega expressed support for new state-level restrictions. She added, "The left will say, 'Well, what about in cases of rape or incest?' I'm a law-enforcement officer. I became a police officer in 2011. I've worked one case where, as a result of a rape, the young woman became pregnant."

Vega was then asked, “I’ve actually heard that it's harder for a woman to get pregnant if she's been raped. Have you heard that?"

Vega replied, "Well, maybe because there's so much going on in the body. I don't know. I haven't, you know, seen any studies. But if I'm processing what you're saying, it wouldn't surprise me. Because it's not something that's happening organically. You're forcing it. The individual, the male, is doing it as quickly — it's not like, you know — and so I can see why there is truth to that. It's unfortunate."

The claim that rape is unlikely to lead to pregnancy has “no biological plausibility” and is “not grounded in any physiology or scientifically valid data,” according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

“Repeating previously debunked lies shows ignorance about medical facts,” Jen Villavicencio, an OB-GYN who works for the medical organization, wrote in an email. “Worse, suggesting that survivors of sexual assault can’t get pregnant is hurtful and makes light of the very real trauma they endure.”

Perhaps the most widely cited study about rape and pregnancy was published in 1996 by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It found that, nationally, about 5% of rapes in which the victim was aged 12 to 45 resulted in pregnancy. The study estimated that 32,101 pregnancies result each year from rapes, often stemming from family and domestic violence.

We asked Vega’s campaign to elaborate on her statements about the connection between rape and pregnancy. We received a statement that, without explanation, accused Spanberger, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [D-NY] of “lying.”

Spanberger has often said that Vega has “doubted” whether a women can get pregnant from rape and sometimes she’s gone a step further. For example, a TV ad aired by her campaign in August said, “Yesli Vega was caught on tape saying women couldn’t get pregnant from rape.”

Our ruling

Vega said “those were never my comments,” when a TV reporter recently asked her if she believes a woman can’t get pregnant from rape.

She was referring to taped comments she made in the spring when an unknown woman questioned Vega about her abortion views. Vega didn’t say a woman can’t get pregnant from rape. To the contrary, she said during her 11-year career in law enforcement, she knew of one instance where that occurred.

But there’s more to this story. Vega also suggested to the unknown person that women might be less likely to get pregnant from rape “because it's not something that's happening organically. You're forcing it.” Such claims have been disproven by research and denounced by medical experts.

Vega parsed a reporter’s question and gave a misleading answer. We rate her denial Half True.