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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:57 AM

All of these people who are 'experts' about rape need to STH up!

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) defended former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO)’s claim that women who are victims of a “legitimate rape” can’t get pregnant. Speaking to the Marrietta Daily Journal, Gingrey, a doctor who is co-chair of the GOP’s Doctor Caucus, stuck by Akin’s distinction between “legitimate” and “illegitimate rapes”:

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?

Gingrey manages to repeat two pernicious falsehoods in short order. First, falsely reported rapes are extremely rare — much rarer than unreported rapes, which often happen because victims are afraid of being called liars by people like Gingrey. Second, rape simply does not lower the risk of pregnancy.

During the 2012 election, several candidates (including Akin, then running for the Senate) made false and insensitive comments about rape. All of them lost.

Not surprisingly, Gingrey has maintained a staunchly anti-choice voting record in the House.
(Hat tip: National Journal.)
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/11/1435671/republican-congressman-backs-akins-legitimate-rape-comments-hes-partly-right/?mobile=wt

Moran!

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Reply All of these people who are 'experts' about rape need to STH up! (Original post)
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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:01 PM

1. "And one more thing" said Gingrey, "I'm also an idiot."

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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:02 PM

2. how do people who are so damned stupid manage to keep breathing?

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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:07 PM

3. It does sort of beg the question - how does one become an expert in rape? n/t

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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:32 PM

4. I have to disagree

Allowing and encouraging free speech is best for democracy and leads to exposure of the world class idiots we share this planet with, the idea is that this subject matter, rape, needs to be discussed openly if we are to ever find any answers on how to stop rape.

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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 12:55 PM

5. When a man can become pregnant, when a man is fearful of his safety

Inside and outside of a relationship, then he can talk to me about rape. Until then, don't tell me about my body and the functions thereof.

I am going to point out that the idea that women can only get pregnant if, like men, they climax, has been debunked for a thousand years or so.

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