Akin Was ‘Partly Right’ on ‘Legitimate Rape,’ Says OB-GYN Congressman

Published:1:28 pm EDT, January 11, 2013| Updated:2:01 pm EDT, January 11, 2013|
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Somehow it's appropriate that a medical doctor would perfect the science of political suicide.

Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey of Georgia — an OB-GYN by profession — has lent his esteemed expert opinion to Rep. Todd Akin's infamous assertion that, in cases of "legitimate rape," a woman's body has ways of "shutting that whole thing down."

Gingrey, who "know(s) about these things," says Akin was "partially right." This should be good.

The good doctor tells the Marietta Daily Journal:

Part of the reason the Dems still control the Senate is because of comments made in Missouri by Todd Akin and Indiana by Mourdock were considered a little bit over the top. Mourdock basically said ‘Look, if there is conception in the aftermath of a rape, that’s still a child, and it’s a child of God, essentially.’ Now, in Indiana, that cost him the election.

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.

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.

Which prompts us to pose the question:

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