GOP Congressman Defends Todd Akin, Doubles Down On That Whole ‘Women Can’t Get Pregnant From Rape’ Nonsense

disbeliefToday, we’re going to talk about three things that I hate with an extreme, burning passion: Rape, those who marginalize or make excuses for rape, and people who tell infertile women to “just relax” if they want to get pregnant. That might seem like an odd combination, but a single Republican congressman has managed to roll them all into one big ball of awfulness.

Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey is coming to the defense of Todd Akin. You all remember Todd Akin, right? Yes, Gingrey, who happens to be a member of the GOP Doctors Caucus, wanted to explain why all of us were wrong to get so angry about Todd Akin and his “legitimate rape” comments. He told the Marrietta Daily Journal:

“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.”

So here’s part one. He’s the guy who focuses on the extremely small percentage of rapes that are falsely reported. And I’d like to point out that if that “scared-to-death 15-year-old” was dating a guy 18 years or older, then her impregnation was a rape. Statutory rape. Because 15-year-olds are not legally of age to give consent.

What’s more, Gingrey wasn’t just defending Akin’s use of the word “legitimate.” He was defending the original argument that women who were raped can’t get pregnant. He explained,

“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?”

If my infertility doctor ever told me not to be so “tense and uptight,” it’s possible that I would cause him bodily harm. I’d just like to have that on the record. What’s more, women’s bodies are all different. Some have problems getting pregnant under the best of circumstances. Some can get pregnant even while dealing with really horrible and traumatic events. This is proven by the thousands and thousands of women who have gotten pregnant through rape.

I find it extremely interesting that Gingrey decided to come out with his enthusiastic support of Akin’s ignorant views after the elections were held and the new session of Congress began. I suppose he didn’t want to be one of the wave of Republican men who was turned down by voters because of archaic and insensitive comments about women. Turns out, ladies don’t particularly enjoy having men tell us what our bodies can or can’t do, what we should or shouldn’t do with out reproductive systems.

Call me an optimist, but I thing Gingrey should have kept these opinions to himself indefinitely. The next election isn’t that far away.

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  • Paul White

    As someone with a lot of conservative leanings; can I get a new political party please? The GOP is broken

    • Blooming_Babies

      Yes! Please find the sane fiscally conservative men and women, at least give me the ones who are smart enough to keep their crazy opinions to themselves.

    • Andrea

      They cannot get past the Republican primaries if they don’t spew this BS. The people that help put them on the ballot to begin with (registered republicans) simply will not allow a moderate to get up there. This happens in all elections: local, state, federal whathaveyou.

      It’s probably the reason that unless they do some soul searching, I cannot imagine a Republican every occupy the White House again. No moderate Republican can get past the primary and the majority of Americans will not vote for the crazy asses they put up.

    • Lawcat

      I left the Republican Party 5 years ago. For the life of me I cannot understand why they placate this insane minority of conservatives. Why are they driving away rational moderates? I loved John McCain as a candidate in 2000, but he did a complete 180* to play to the base and….ugh.

      I might not agree with everything the Democrats say, but I find myself siding with them more and more.

      I know HOR tends to be “less educated” than the Senate, but come one people. This is basic biology.

    • Paul White

      It isn’t even a lot of policy debate–GOP has people spewing things that are incontrovertibly factually wrong about this crap all the time, and seems to cater more and more to the moral police group (that may just be my location though). I’m pro gun, mostly pro-business (but anti bailout–freedom means you have to take consequences for your foul ups), kind of pro-life, but I’m also pro free speech, pro gay marriage, pro widely available contraceptives, pro real sex ed, pro real science (climate change is real, deal with that fact), etc. I want us to have a strong national defense but not go haring off in wars all over the world, etc.

    • Justme

      As I get older and find myself less and less of a bleeding heart liberal, I try to really investigate both sides of an issue and where the candidates stand, whether they are Democrat or Republican. But being that I have a young daughter, I just can’t get behind a party that supports men who believe things like this and I end up running back to the Democrats every time.

    • LiteBrite

      You and my husband should get together and go bowling. He feels the same way.

      DH and I were just talking about this after the last election. There have been times where I have been tempted to vote conservative. Hell, I might have been tempted this past election. However, I just can’t get past the crazy they keep putting in front of the voters. I also can’t get past it when an otherwise rational Republican endorses these fools.

      Seriously Republicans, start distancing yourselves from these nut jobs.

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  • Justme

    Oh. Look. Another congressman I won’t be voting for.

  • Andrea

    And eff it all the fudger is from my home state. Not that it surprises me. This is red “Jawja” after all…nothing but a good ole boy redneck network.

  • Tinyfaeri

    Did they learn NOTHING from 2012? How sad is it that a) there’s this site, and b) the count is back down to 0?

  • meteor_echo

    Whenever I read about shit like this, I almost imagine the whole GOP putting up ads like “Casting people who do are not afraid to bash the whole human rights schtick. If you’re up to it, call XXXX-XXXX-SPEW-CRAP and join us. Hating women is a bonus!”

    I really hope that one day all their sayings explode in their faces in the loudest way possible. I so hope.

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