Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) called Todd Akin's now infamous "legitimate rape" comments "partially right" at a breakfast with constituents yesterday. Also, he's a trained obstetrician.
Gingrey was speaking about how the Democrats managed to maintain control of the Senate — addressing Akin's comments as well as controversial remarks by Richard Mourdock of Indiana. According to the Marietta Daily Journal:
"And in Missouri, Todd Akin … was asked by a local news source about rape and he said, ‘Look, in a legitimate rape situation' - and what he meant by legitimate rape was just look, someone can say I was raped: a scared-to-death 15-year-old that becomes impregnated by her boyfriend and then has to tell her parents, that's pretty tough and might on some occasion say, ‘Hey, I was raped.' That's what he meant when he said legitimate rape versus non-legitimate rape. I don't find anything so horrible about that. But then he went on and said that in a situation of rape, of a legitimate rape, a woman's body has a way of shutting down so the pregnancy would not occur. He's partly right on that."
"And I've delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things. It is true. We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, ‘Just relax. Drink a glass of wine. And don't be so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate.' So he was partially right wasn't he? But the fact that a woman may have already ovulated 12 hours before she is raped, you're not going to prevent a pregnancy there by a woman's body shutting anything down because the horse has already left the barn, so to speak. And yet the media took that and tore it apart."
Essentially he's saying if you were scared during your rape then the adrenaline will prevent conception. If you do get pregnant, you were not scared, and you wanted it. Trust him, he's a doctor.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a statement from Gingrey's office clarifying his remarks.
"At a breakfast yesterday morning, I was asked why Democrats made abortion a central theme of the presidential campaign. I do not defend, nor do I stand by, the remarks made by Rep. Akin and Mr. Mourdock. In my attempt to provide context as to what I presumed they meant, my position was misconstrued."
By the way, Rep. Gingrey sits on the United States House Energy Subcommittee on Health, which oversees the Department of Health and Human Services. Great.
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