Remember the “legitimate rape” discussion last year?
When Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) suggested that rape needed to be classified as “legitimate rape,” we shook our heads. But then when he said women who are raped can’t get pregnant, we were even more shocked.
Now Rep. Phil Gingrey is defending Akin’s comments. Gingrey, a doctor who is co-chair of the GOP’s Doctor Caucus, told the Marrietta Daily Journal this:
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…
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?
Um…who here thinks Gingrey needs a lesson in sexual education?
SOURCE: Think Progress