Steve King has questioned whether there would be “any population of the world left” if there were no rape or incest in history, as he defended an anti-abortion bill he once sponsored that made no exceptions for those cases

“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,” Mr King asked at that meeting.

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He continued: “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.”

Later, he said: "It's not the baby's fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother."

The congressman has a history of making controversial statements, and has been punished by his own party for doing so.

In January, for instance, Mr King sparked a backlash when he questioned during an interview how the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” had ever become “offensive”.

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In response, Mr King was denounced by his Republican colleagues, and was removed from his positions on several committees in the House, including the Judiciary, Agriculture, and Small Business committees.

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