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ICYMI: For Karrin Taylor Robson, Trivial Risk of Rape Doesn’t Warrant Abortion Ban Exception
Robson Joins Growing Group of Republicans Minimizing Sexual Violence
After SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade last Friday, Karrin Taylor Robson leaned further into her radical anti-choice views on KTAR, downplaying the need for an exception for rape in abortion bans because “less than two percent” of violent assaults result in pregnancy.
Asked if she would support an exception for abortion in the case of a 14-year-old being raped and impregnated by her step-father, Robson said, “the instance of pregnancies occurring in violent situations are extremely rare. In fact, it’s estimated about, you know, [in] less than two percent of those situations do a pregnancy occur.”
Robson’s comments come as Yesli Vega, a Republican congressional candidate in Virginia, is being slammed for agreeing that victims of rape rarely get pregnant. And in 2012, Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin made an infamous comment that “legitimate rape” doesn’t lead to pregnancy, which many believe cost him the race.
During the interview, Robson also called the overturning of Roe “a victory,” claimed Roe created a “culture of death,” equated abortion to murder, and suggested it should be punishable with prison time.
Robson has vowed to make Arizona the most anti-choice state in the country, and the rest of the GOP field is just as out-of-touch. Kari Lake and Matt Salmon also support a Texas-style abortion ban. Lake opposes exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the woman, and Salmon once tried to bribe a 14-year-old girl who was raped out of getting an abortion.
Listen to Robson’s interview here.