Now, another Republican has sparked a row saying pregnancies by rape are rare because a woman's body is traumatized by the violence.
Celeste Greig, president of the California Republican Assembly, made the remarks to the San Jose Mercury News ahead of this weekend's state GOP convention in Sacramento.
Greig was responding to a question about former Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, who gave an outrageous definition of 'legitimate rape', saying women's bodies have the power to prevent pregnancy.
According to the New York Post, Greig said Akin's comment was insensitive and required an apology, but she then gave a similar remark.
She said 'the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it's an act of violence, because the body is traumatized.'
"I don't know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. Because of the trauma the body goes through, I don't know what percentage of pregnancy results from the act."
Greig's comments come as the California Republican Party is trying to reboot its image after years of election defeats and registration declines.
Public opinion surveys show Republicans are consistently in the minority on a range of social issues supported by a majority of California voters, the paper said. (ANI)