Here we go again. Another republican has put his foot in his mouth about what qualifies as rape. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia, while trying to explain his colleagues’ beliefs about rape, came out sounding just as ignorant and incoherent as the others.
At a recent chamber of commerce breakfast, Gingrey, not just a congressman but the co-chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus, tried explaining fellow republican Todd Akin’s remarks about legitimate versus illegitimate rape.
What he meant by legitimate rape was just look, someone can say they were raped: a scared to death 15-year-old that becomes impregnated by her boyfriend 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 horrible about that.
Gingrey also partially agreed to Akin's belief that a woman’s body can “shut down” and not be impregnated by rape. His reasoning is that stress from a situation causes a woman’s body not to conceive. He then uses the example of how couples trying to conceive are told to relax because stress hinders the woman’s ability to ovulate.
After hearing his explanation, it makes sense why Gingrey is no long a practicing OBGYN. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believes there may be a link to the ability to conceive and chronic stress, like war or famine, but agrees with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the infertility organization Resolve that “there isn’t any proof that stress causes infertility.” On the flip-side of this, The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a paper saying that acute stress may increase a woman’s ovulation.
Gingrey also commented on the roundly criticized statement that Richard Mourdock made during the 2012 election. Mourdock stated that a child conceived, even in an act of rape, is what “God intended to happen.” Gingrey agreed that a child of rape is still “a child of God”. You'd think that the GOP would be hustling to sweep their ridiculous comments about rape under the rug, not air them out for the world to see. But hey, at least they're being open[ly misinformed about rape].
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