Virginia GOP Rep Nominee Yesli Vega Says Leaked Audio Comments She Questions Pregnancy Coming After Rape

A Republican congressional candidate campaigning in Virginia last month claimed that rape victims are less likely to get pregnant because “it’s not something that happens organically.”

Yesli Vega made the eyebrow-raising comments when asked for her opinion on what then promised to be a Supreme Court decision to be overturned Roe v. calfEnding federal abortion rights.

An audio recording of the remarks, made at an event in Stafford County, was released by Axios on Monday. Vega — Democrat Abigail Spanberger’s rival for Congress in Virginia’s liberal-leaning 7th District — said she drew on her experience as head of Prince William County and deputy sheriff, after reaffirming her belief in state restrictions on abortion .

“The left will say, ‘Well, what about cases of rape or incest?'” Vega can be heard telling an unidentified interlocutor in the clip. “I’m a police officer. I became a police officer in 2011. I worked on a case where the young woman became pregnant as a result of being raped.”

Vega was also asked at the event if she had heard that “it’s harder for a woman to get pregnant after she’s been raped.”

“Well, maybe because there’s so much going on in the body,” Vega replied. “I don’t know. I haven’t seen any studies. But if I process what you’re saying, it wouldn’t surprise me. Because it’s not something that happens organically. You force it. The individual, the man, does it so quickly – it’s not, you know – and so I can see why there’s some truth to that. It’s unfortunate.”

When Axios asked Vega to comment on the comments, she wrote in a statement, “I am a mother of two, I am fully aware of how women get pregnant.” Her campaign did not deny the authenticity of the tone.

Vega played off her law enforcement credentials during her GOP primary, which she won last week. She has openly opposed it roe and garnered support from Republican heavyweights, including Senator Ted Cruz and Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who agreed with the court’s decision to overthrow Roe v. calf on Friday.

Vega’s rape comments echo the infamous comments of former Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, whose 2012 Senate campaign imploded when he claimed that victims of what he called “legitimate rape” rarely got pregnant. “The female body has ways of trying to shut it down,” said Akin, who died last year, in an interview during the race.

According to the CDC, nearly three million women in the United States have experienced a raped pregnancy at some point in their lives. However, cases of abortion by rape are rare, accounting for about 1 percent of all abortions in America, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights research group. Virginia GOP Rep Nominee Yesli Vega Says Leaked Audio Comments She Questions Pregnancy Coming After Rape


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