Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr (R) has denied claiming in Tampa on Tuesday that women could not become pregnant in cases of violent rape.
According to the Memphis Flyer, Carr said that rape halted the normal biological processes that occur during conception.
Carr’s comment came during a speech by GOP strategist Frank Luntz. Luntz had asked the crowd of delegates whether Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) should drop his bid for Senate after claiming women couldn’t become pregnant from a “legitimate rape.” Carr reportedly said that Akin shouldn’t step aside and that his views were accurate.
“Rep. Joe Carr has shown today what many of the women in the General Assembly have known for a long time — he is completely and totally unfit for office,” House Minority Whip Rep. Sherry Jones said after the news of Carr’s statement broke. “Claiming that women’s bodies possess the ability to ‘close themselves off’ from pregnancy in cases of violent rape is not only biologically inaccurate, it is offensive to each and every Tennessee woman who has ever been the victim of rape.”
But Carr denies ever saying that he agreed with Akin’s views on rape and pregnancy. Carr claimed he only said Akin should not drop his bid for Senate.
Akin’s outrageous comment created a national uproar and many prominent Republicans called on Akin to abandon his bid for Senate in Missouri, but he refused to drop out of the race against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Democrats have attempted to link other Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Mitt Romney, to Akin.