GOP’s Gingrey: Akin “partly right” about “legitimate rape,” shutting down rape-pregnancies

If you were worried that the GOP might keep the House in 2014 with a cunning strategy of not saying things abour rape that are embarrassingly stupid — fret not.

Exhibit A: Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta, Georgia), who was interviewed in the Marietta Daily about rape.  Specifically, Gingrey spoke about former Republican congressman, and failed Senate candidate, Todd Akin. Akin lost his election after discussing his views on “legitimate rape,” and his weird comments about women’s bodies having a way of shutting down rape-induced pregnancies:

“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 claims to “know these things” as an OB-GYN.

Gingrey went on to defend Akin’s bizarre comments about women having a way to shut down rape-induced pregnancies:

Phil_Gingrey rape“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.”

The scientific literature actually says the opposite. In fact, Robin Baker got lots of criticism for pointing out that the statistics suggest that rape is more likely to lead to pregnancy in his book Sperm Wars. I would rather trust scientists who do actual research studies, than the uninformed prejudice of a 75 year old man who might have been qualified to talk about what science believed a century ago.

This is the modern GOP in a nutshell. It would rather trust its own prejudices than consult actual scientific research.

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22 Responses to “GOP’s Gingrey: Akin “partly right” about “legitimate rape,” shutting down rape-pregnancies”

  1. “And I’ve delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things.”

    I haven’t delivered one baby and I know more than this so-called educated cretin!

  2. tsuki says:

    Good Gawd Almighty. I wish Republicans were as dedicated to governing as they are to justifying rape.

  3. ComradeRutherford says:

    ” the next election is 23 months in the future, and he figures people will forget by then”

    But his constituents are those that believe such lies. He HAS to say crazy crap like that in order to get re-elected.

    It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

  4. ComradeRutherford says:

    This entire notion that women can’t get pregnant when traumatized ALL derives from observations made be Nazis of their slaves in concentration camps. When forced to work to death and starved the whole while women’s bodies no longer ovulate, as do anorexics, for example.


  5. kanawah says:

    I will help tie them up, and may be throw in a few fire ants to keep them company

  6. kanawah says:

    Another far right Transylvania tea bag ass hole.

  7. Webster says:

    Good grief. They just get battier by the day. 2 dozen jackets with extra long sleeves, please.

  8. MyrddinWilt says:

    He might have been saying it to give cover for coming out for gun control in the same interview.

    Not that that sounds like a sane political strategy to me…

  9. Loona_c says:

    That same year he left medicine (1975) I was taking a college psych course and that was mentioned! That the stress of a rape could prevent pregnancy. So perhaps it was something from that self-actualized, “I’m Okay, You’re OK” era. I’m sure ALL medicine has evolved since 1975! But Gingrey even contradicts himself, when he says stress can prevent women FROM OVULATING. So even according to his wacky theory, if a woman has already ovulated her body ain’t gonna shut down.

  10. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    He went to the Medical College of Georgia. Always read doctor’s diplomas to be sure they didn’t go there.

  11. Naja pallida says:

    I feel sorry for this man’s patients. Getting substandard care from a quack who doesn’t know, or care, the first thing about women’s health.

  12. karmanot says:

    ‘exclusively homosexual’ Indeed, an absurd terminology. For example, a straight priest who masturbates regularly might be said to be exclusively homosexual because he always has sex with a man.

  13. karmanot says:

    If I were a vagina I wouldn’t go within a hundred miles of this quack. His medical license should be revoked.

  14. Jim Olson says:

    Dear Republicans:

    In the run up to the 2014 elections, I would like to remind you all that we have no idea about women’s bodies, how they work or what they do. We are particularly inept at talking about rape, since, we honestly have no idea what rape is. So, my suggestion is that we all stop talking about women’s issues, and in particular rape. Please, just stop doing it. Please, just be quiet on this matter. It’s going to be rough for us as it is, so please, take my advice and just stfu about women’s issues.

    – John Boehner.

  15. BeccaM says:

    Please-please-please let GOP politicians — especially white privileged men — keep talking as if they have the slightest clue what rape really is and how women’s reproductive systems function.

  16. Stev84 says:

    Maybe they are confusing humans with ducks. Most duck sex is rape and female ducks indeed have evolved ways so they rarely get pregnant from it. They have corkscrewing vaginas with dead ends. Male ducks have evolved terrifying penises to counteract that though.

  17. He’s not an idiot. This remark was totally optional, and he chose to say it anyhow. I’m going to speculate it’s because the next election is 23 months in the future, and he figures people will forget by then. Given that he’s out of Georgia, he’s probably figuring right.

    No, this boy is a gutless Profile in Cowardice.

    Rep. Michael Burgess (Texas), a Republican OB-GYN like Paul, said that there is “no way to justify” what Akin said.

    “What came across is something that’s factually inaccurate and appeared insensitive and trivializing a criminal act,” Burgess told The Wall Street Journal.

    The House’s two other OB-GYNs, Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), did not respond to requests for comment.


    In the highly unlikely event he believes this BS, then he ought to have stepped up to the plate and stood behind Todd Atkins. He didn’t, and that makes him a sniveling, limp-****** *******.

    No, not an idiot. Cowardly liar/jellyfish, yes.

  18. samiinh says:

    The reason religion is so popular, especially among the low-information types.

  19. MyrddinWilt says:

    Someone I would rather trust than a Republican who picks facts out of his ass is a rather low bar to me.

    For what it is worth, the term I think they used in the book was ‘exclusively homosexual’. I have a lot of problems with his interpretation of the data. The evolutionary biologist types tend to over-explain. As Stephen Jay Gould pointed out, the theory of evolution is based on variation and selection only removes traits that have a disadvantage and not always then. So there are a lot of features that have no purpose at all.

  20. perljammer says:

    Gingrey is an idiot.

    Interesting that you would cite Robin Baker as an example of someone you’d rather trust. From the linked article:

    ‘Regarding sexual orientation, he states that true homosexuals
    are rare; that only 6% of the male population engages in any sort of
    homosexual behavior in their lifetime, and that 80% of those also have
    sex with women’

    ‘Homophobia is then explained as a natural response to the threat of this
    reproductive advantage (despite the fact that true homosexuals are not
    in competition for females), as well as “the bisexual’s role in the
    spread of disease”‘

  21. mucholderguy says:

    Who needs facts when you believe in something? Thinking is hard work too!

  22. Aggiecowboy says:

    What about the after-sex cigarette to help increase blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, thus bringing in a flux of post-coital hormones that stimulate follicular maturity and ovulation? After all, cigarettes are perfectly safe and have even been shown to have medical benefits. /snark

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