Rep. Steve King defends abortion ban with no rape, incest exceptions

Republican Steve King represents Iowa's 4th Congressional District. (MGN photo)
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URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Steve King is defending his call for a ban on all abortions by questioning whether "there would be any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape and incest.

Speaking Wednesday before a conservative group in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, Iowa's 4th District congressman reviewed legislation he has sought that would outlaw abortions without exceptions for rape and incest.

"What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?" the Congressman asked. "Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can't say that I was not a part of a product of that."

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The Des Moines Register reports that the Republican added: "It's not the baby's fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother."

A King spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a tweet response Wednesday, J.D. Scholten, King's 2020 Democratic challenger, accused the incumbent Congressman of pushing "his selfish agenda" saying "this time he excuses violence."