Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) said former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was "partly right" when he made controversial comments that women cannot become pregnant from a rape. Akin, then the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, said a woman cannot become pregnant from a "legitimate rape" because the female body can "shut that whole thing down." Gingrey, who is an OB-GYN, said in a town-hall meeting that Akin was partially correct, according to a report in the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal. Gingrey said a rush of adrenaline can prevent the female body from ovulating —
Comments: When will Republicans ever learn to keep their mouths shut?? They constantly give Democrats material to castigate them. It´s just stunning.
So, even if what Akin said was true, you want him to shut up. How about truth about global warming, gun safety?
I am not saying Aikin spoke truth or not, I just want some idea of how far self censorship should go. We know that Democrats lie like rugs and get away with it. They can´t handle the truth. (see Bill Clinton´s recent whopper about mass shootings and the assault weapon ban).
Well, this seat will go to a Democrat now. This information isn´t even relevant to anything. Just because there may be some hindering effect (I think that´s probably highly debatable) from one´s biology, doesn´t mean that it has anything to do with anything these people need to be talking about.
Are we to presume there has never been a pregnancy from forced rape because the reproductive organs would shut down? So anyone who does get pregnant from a violent rape can feel ashamed that she was not "legitimately" raped. The pregnancy proves it. Duh.
Akin was not partly right (what is this, Politifact?), he was all wrong. Pointless to even engage this stupidity when we´ve got huge problems in so many other areas. Akin is not someone anyone should blow their credibility on. He was an indefensible, arrogant, egomaniac and he deserved to lose. Even to corrupt Claire McCaskill.
What´s next? Do we have a GOP politician field a question on whether blacks as a race have a lower IQ than whites? Yes it may be factually true but there are some questions you don´t let yourself be trapped into answering.
OK, this is an extremely delicate subject but my deceased OB-GYN father-in-law used to cite this often when he gave pro-life talks. But he retired in the 80´s, long before you couldn´t speak the truth about abortion. He never said that conception never happened in cases of rape, only that it was rare.
Aiken was a poor candidate for not having a good answer ready for this question. You should expect this question and have a good answer ready. Aiken failed at this basic requirement. The medical validity of this is a different question which the OB GYN was talking about. Aiken doesn´t need to be wrong to be foolish to even try to deal with such a subject. He really stepped in it using the words "legitimate rape". A gaff like that is only forgiven if you are a RAT.
Brilliant Dr. Gingrey!! Let´s keep this splendid narrative going. Maybe we can use it again as a winning tactic in 2014 and, if we play our cards right, we can even use it to take us over the finish line in 2016.
Here´s a winning ticket. Akin and Gingey in 2016!!
Here is that little word that gets us in so much trouble, "truth". The question being asked is not "is it biologically possible that rape trauma prevents some pregnancies?" the question being asked is "What do you say to a women who has just been raped?´
While the trauma interfering with pregnancy factoid may be true, its certainly not what one talks about in the context of a rape victims ordeal. The idiot GOP´ers who seem unable to resist taking this bait deserve to lose.
The cardinal rule in any hostile interrogatio, whether it be a slimy lawyer cross examining you in court or an "unbiased" reporter talking off the record is "Answer the question that is asked, not the one you think was asked". Sounds simple right, its not. The left will always ask loaded questions, questions where the right answer, the "truth" so to speak can lead only to ridicule.
Thats why when asked about Akins assertion the right answer is that rape is a horrible trauma and that rapists have no place in society. because the reeal question being asked is not "was Akins right about conception" but "Do you agree with Akin that rape is not all that big a deal?"
If it´s not 100% inhibiting to pregnancy then it is not relevant to any discussion these politicians should be engaging in. It´s pointless in any way.
If a baby can be conceived by violent rape then that´s all that matters. Even if it´s rare -- and I don´t think it is. I think it´s only "rare" because people go to a clinic and get the day-after pill to stop the embryo from attaching so there´s no pregnancy. Otherwise, the body will do what the body will do and these guys are doing nothing less than helping to destroy our country (by giving ammo to the Democrats) with their pompous, fumbling windbaggery.
I am not a Christie supporter. I do, however, see the forest as well as the trees.
I´m an OB-GYN. Stress related anovulation and amenorrhea are well documented. The source of the stress can be something as innocuous as a freshman women going off to college leaving home for the first time or a trauma victim or starvation. Theoretically a violent rape(legitimate) as opposed to a bogus claim of rape made in order to gain abortion services(illegitimate) should they be restricted by law only to victims of rape or incest might be less likely to result in preganancy. That was what the good Georgian doctor-rep was trying to explain to these hyperventilating libtard reporters. That being said Akin was a fool to step into that trap like he did and so inartfully attempt to make a ridiculous point to these mendacious duplicitous reporters. It served no good end and cost us a much needed Senate win.
The GOP but enabled McCaskill(D!) to be reelected by not supporting the candidate chosen by Missouri voters, Todd Akin. We are life-looong GOP voters & supporters but have not contributed to the national level GOP since they cavalierly abandoned Akin to the dems´ media and we do not intend to contribute ever again unless the party returns to supporting the candidates VOTED for in their respective states.
I don´t care whether it´s a politically smart thing to say or not. When we can no longer speak the truth because some might be upset or offended, we have lost the war. Greive over the possible loss of the Congressional seat. Greive over the death of truth. But don´t demean the man that dares still speak it.
We have more than our share of politicians who will not control their mouths. Dems can get away with stupid comments. We cannot. It´s got nothing to do with freedom of speech, but everything to do with thinking before you speak. Akin might have been a good candidate, but he was stupid and then he doubled-down on stupid. Karl Rove was not to blame.
Gingrey should have sidestepped this question, but he´s got a dumb streak too. We´ve forgotten how to be prudent when we talk. We´re going to have to relearn it or we won´t win again.
How utterly stupid! How nauseatingly ignorant. If these are men who represent the *real* republican party. I want nothing to do with it.
Everyone knows that Muslims and apparently GOP men think *illegitimate* rape is when a women is asking for it. You just can´t get lower than that. Women do NOT ask to be raped. You jerks, and you know who you are - need to shut up!!!
#24, agree that could be a response to shut up the libtards. I´d also like someone to say that they know nothing about rape; that the reporter should perhaps check with Bill Clinton or Juanita Broadrick.
This is how Democrats get away with sexually abusing women (Kennedys, Clinton, etc.), paying them less than their male employees and squawking about the "Republican War on Women". Quotes like this get legs, and stories of what Democrat politicians do most every day to women get no notice. Sigh.
the religious fanatics will destroy this party. We lost the easiest pick up of the election, because the republicans of Missouri picked a nut to represent them. The primary voters are the ones to blame.
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