California GOP leader ousted after controversial rape comments
The head of the largest Republican volunteer organization in California has been ousted from her position following controversial remarks about rape and pregnancy.
San Jose Mercury News reported the California Republican Assembly ousted Celeste Greig as its president last weekend in an 84-78 vote. She was replaced by John W. Briscoe.
Briscoe’s campaign manager, Aaron Park, told the San Jose Mercury News that comments Greig made in March were key to her defeat.
She said Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin should have apologized over his “insensitive” remarks about “legitimate rape” and pregnancy. But Greig also indicated she though Akin’s comments were accurate. She stated that a woman was unlikely to become pregnant as the result of a sexual assault.
“Granted, the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized,” she said. “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.”
Research has found that rape is just as likely or more likely to result in pregnancy as consensual sex.