A new Congress but the same old stupidity. Insensitive and nonfactual rape comments may have cost the Republicans the Senate last year. Today, it seems that little was learned during those mistakes.
Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey strove into the rape muck with his own comments to the Marietta Daily Journal supporting both failed Senate candidates Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin. Gingry also serves on the House Science Committee.
“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,” Gingrey said. “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.
That might be what Mourdock intended or at least wishes he had intended, but that’s not what Mourdock said. Mourdock said a pregnancy from rape was “something that God intended to happen.” That’s not the same as saying that all children are part of God’s creation.
“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 doesn’t get this anymore than Akin. Rape is never legitimate. There is no such thing. Getting pregnant by a boyfriend is not “illegitimate rape.” It is either consensual or rape. Rape doesn’t need an adjective clarifying it. It stands on its own period. Its horribleness should not be lessened.
Gingrey discussed his own experience as an OB-GYN:
“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.”
What? How does that make Akin right? The fact is that plenty of women get pregnant when raped. Their bodies do not shut down.
More ignorance on the science committee and by a doctor to boot.