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Friday, January 11, 2013

Gingrey: Todd Akin was 'partly right' on legitimate rape

Now, Ive got this theory...
Congressman Phil Gingrey, R-Gillette, decided yesterday to revisit the "legitimate rape" theory coined by former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo, during his failed Senate race. Gingrey, a longtime OB/GYN said Akin was "partly right" when he said the "female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." A Marietta Daily Journal reporter attended the Cobb Chamber of Commerce event in Smyrna on Thursday where Gingrey said:

"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."

Gingrey pointed out that he had been an OB-GYN since 1975.

"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."

Gingrey's office later released the following statement to the AJC's Jim Galloway:

"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."

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