Our first Ignorant Legislator of the Week award for 2013 goes to Congressman Phil Gingley of Georgia. During a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Smyrna, Georgia, Gingley defended his colleague Congressman Todd Akin, for comments he made last year about “legitimate rape.”
According to the Marietta Daily Journal, Gingrey said about Todd Akin, “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.”
I do. We don’t need Congressmen perpetuating the myth that many rape accusations are false and encouraging people to put victims on trial.
Gingrey, an ob-gyn, went on to defend Akin’s comments about how a woman’s body can shut down pregnancy from legitimate rape. He said, “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.”
And now, Rep. Gingrey’s comments are being torn apart. He told the Marieta Daily Journal his comments were misconstrued. Congressman, don’t be so tense and uptight. Just relax. Drink a glass of wine.