Super Stupid War On Women

GOP Rep. Goes Full Todd Akin to Support an Ultrasound Bill

The female body has a way of 'shutting that whole thing down' according to Idaho state Representative Pete Nielsen (R).

State lawmakers in Idaho are considering an ultrasound bill with no exceptions for rape or incest but that isn't a concern, Nielsen says, because "trauma" prevents pregnancy.

During the hearing Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, said, “Now, I’m of the understanding that in many cases of rape it does not involve any pregnancy because of the trauma of the incident. That may be true with incest a little bit.” [...]

Nielsen stood by his remarks after the hearing, saying pregnancy “doesn’t happen as often as it does with consensual sex, because of the trauma involved.”


"A little bit."

That's not how science works. It's either true or it isn't. In this case, it isn't.

The ultrasound bill was passed by the Idaho House State Affairs Committee and will be considered by the full state House. State lawmakers are also considering a bill that would ban the donation of fetal tissue for research and even for organ donations. Because they're so "pro-life."

  • muselet

    There should be a rule for all politicians: if you don’t understand science, you don’t get to pretend you do.

    Pete Nielsen is an ignoramus. He may very well be too dumb to realize how dumb he is. I feel sorry for his five daughters. The people who elected this bonehead should hang their heads in shame.

    And because I’m feeling petty, here’s TPM commenter “JCBlues”:

    sorry to keep being so cynical but is he doing his ‘research’ in order to assure himself that his kid’s pregnancies won’t be attributed to him?


  • Oh great, now they’ll start conflating incest trauma as a barrier to conception along with rape. That certainly does bring into question all those incestuously conceived children. Sometimes it feels like we’re moving backward into the Dark Ages again.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      They’re digging a deeper and deeper and deeper hole with the younger generations. As soon as the boomers die off, this country is going to pull a 180 so hard that the GOP is going to take generations to recover – if it does at all. And we’re going to be able to get all the liberal policies in place that we want in order to rejoin the rest of the civilized world.

      Yea, it sucks for now, but let them dig. In fact, I encourage it.

  • Georgie

    And he added “I read a lot of information,” Nielsen continued. “I have read it
    several times. … Being a father of five girls, I’ve explored this a
    lot.” Explored ..ugh.