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Gingrey on ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment: Do You Agree?

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, touched on the hot-button issue during an address to the Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. Tell us what you think of Gingrey’s comments.

by the now former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin last August in the midst of his re-election campaign, is one he and Republicans likely hoped most Republicans would forget last year.

Akin’s comments suggesting that victims of "legitimate rape" have a built-in defense against pregnancy likely played a factor in the Missouri Republican's political defeat in November.

While Akin’s comments became part of the political landscape in 2012, they have resurfaced in the early days of 2013, but this time in Georgia. U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, said as he spoke to the Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce that the former representative was “partly right.”

Here’s what Gingrey, an OB-GYN who also represents Cherokee County, said during his address, according to a report from the Marietta Daily Journal:

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.

Gingrey after the MDJ’s report issued a statement clarifying that he did not defend or stand by Akin’s comments, adding that while attempting to provide context behind the comments of Akin and another congressman, his “position was misconstrued.”

Do you think Gingrey’s comments were appropriate? Why or why not?

Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.

Brooke May January 15, 2013 at 05:24 PM
I agree with him completely, not every woman who claimed rape has been raped. This is unfortunate for women who have truly been raped.
Guy Bailey January 17, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Keep talking Phil. Keep reminding women that you no better about their bodies and choices than they do and they shouldn't worry their pretty little heads about such high falutin' things such as access to birth control and abortion.
Frank Jones January 17, 2013 at 07:59 PM
To the Phil and Akin fans...The AJC did a very nice job debunking Phil's and Akin's rape and pregnancy myth. As the AJC reported, virtually the entire OB/GYN community says that Phil and Akin are full of it. The "stress" that Phil was referring to as preventing ovulation & pregnancy isn't a one-time, short-term stress, but instead intense stress incurred over days, weeks and months.
Christopher Straub January 18, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I think it was the mind set that if a woman was impregnated as a result of being raped that it was not a "legitimate rape" - that is to say she was not really raped. This is absurd. If a woman is sexually abused, it's rape. While in the interest of every citizen's rights it must be discovered if there was consent, pregnancy is not a litmus test for sexual abuse. They don't choose to frame "legitmate" as legally substantiated because they lack respect for their fellow citizens. Stupidity cannot be justified and Gingrey proves this point with his defense of Akin's comments.
Patrick Thompson January 18, 2013 at 08:38 PM
This is not a man of science. This is not a happily married Christian. This is not someone who is up to date with women. This is not a legislator who represents more than half of us. This is someone who sees women as a paycheck. This is a pure politician reading a script. He's not a legitimate representative of the people.

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