‘Women seldom get pregnant as a result of rape and that is a fact,’ orthodox Christian party SGP leader Kees van der Staaij told a tv programme on Tuesday.
He was reacting to a question about the furore in the US around similar remarks made by Republican congressman Todd Akin.
Van der Staaij said rape is dreadful and recognises the huge consequences for the victims, but his party remains against abortion. ‘We are, under all circumstances, for the unborn life,’ he told the RTL programme.
The image must not be created that all abortions are the result of rape, he said.
The SGP leader has created a furore of his own on micro-blogging service Twitter. One satirical respondent tweeted: ‘So Kees van der Staaij has kicked off the 1632 election.’
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