The Outrageous Defense of Todd Akin

January 11, 2013
By Allie Gregory | 0 comments

In 2012 we all heard the outrageous ideology of former Rep. Todd Akin on “legitimate rape.” And now another GOP leader is talking about “legitimate rape” and concludes Akin was “partly right.”

After the elections, one would think the Republican party members would open their eyes. Well, 2013 isn’t off to the freshest start concerning women’s health. Today at an event breakfast, Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia essentially endorsed Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” opinions: “I’ve delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things. It is true.”

Gingrey went on to say, “We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, ‘Just relax. Dink a glass of wine. And don’t be so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate.”

As if things couldn’t get more bizarre, Gingrey continued by defending Akin’s “theory” that women who claim to be raped are often lying.

Gingrey: “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 her parents, that’s pretty tough and might on some occasion say, ‘Hey I was raped.’

And because things couldn’t get any worse, Gingrey finished with this: “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.” Thanks, Rep. Gingrey. If a woman is raped I suppose God just intended for her to bear and raise and love the child of her rapist.

Rep. Gingrey now claims his comments were misconstrued.  However, with quotes and reports such as these it’s clear what his message and meaning was. It’s no surprise too that Gingrey has a “staunchly anti-choice voting record,” according to CNN. Yet the most frightening part of all of this is that Gingrey is an Ob-gyn and the co-chair of GOP’s Doctor Caucus. Apparently, House Republicans have still not gotten the message—

There’s a good reason why former Rep. Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock were NOT re-elected to the House. The American people have spoken and we will not accept a politician who believes in “legitimate rape” of any kind. American women will not stand for leaders who do not take women’s health and safety seriously. We at DFA endorse candidates who support women’s rights. Let us know what your concerns are about Republican leadership and women’s health. Make a stand for women's health and safety,  join us here .



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