Rep. King: Would there be “any population” if not for rape, incest?

While speaking to a conservative group in Iowa, U.S. Rep. Steve King wondered if there would be “any population of the world” remaining if not for people born as a result of rape or incest, reports the Des Moines Register. It’s not the first time comments by King have sparked an uproar, and it drew immediate criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest?” asked the Iowa Republican at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa on Wednesday, according to the Register. “Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” 

He went on to say that considering “all the wars and all the rapes and pillages” that took place in the history of the world’s nations, he couldn’t rule out that he, too, “was not a part of a product of that.”

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King was defending his decision not to allow exceptions for rape and incest in the anti-abortion legislation he attempted to pass in Congress, the Register reports. He added that babies born through these circumstances are still

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