Sunday, January 13, 2013

GOP Rep. Defends Akin On "Legitimate Rape"

Despite the fact that six members of the Republican Rape Caucus, including Todd Akin, lost their elections, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) seemingly couldn't help himself. He defended Akin's outrageous statements regarding "legitimate rape" and rape victims rarely getting pregnant since their bodies have a way "to shut that whole thing down." Gingrey's comments are all the more disgraceful since he is an ob-gyn and co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus. Listen to Gingrey at the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, Smyrna, GA, on Thursday:

GINGREY: '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.

...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. 


Michael The Molar Maven said...

Akin's comment was indeed ridiculous and, of course, medically unsubstantiated, despite this callous rationalization. But, to some small degree, I do believe that Akin could have used a more accurate, and compassionate and sensitive term to differentiate between a victim of rape and a woman who might be "crying wolf". Although we'd like to think "crying wolf" never happens, in reality, as Rep. Gingrey points out and I have seen in my hospital affiliations, it does. Still, that's just the subtext to Akin's remark, the message of which has no defense.

Jeff Tone said...

There's no "sensitive" way to promote such views. Rape is rape, and I object to this general distrust of women, especially when it's used as a basis to deny abortion rights.