Georgia Republican admits defending Todd Akin’s rape comment was ‘stupid’

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, March 11, 2013 23:05 EDT
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Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia said Monday that he was wrong to defend Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape.”

“Rape is rape,” he told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. “If it’s rape, it’s legitimate. I certainly regret very much weighing in on that issue, which was something that was already pretty much roundly condemned and criticized. I felt so badly about it, because my profession is treating women.”

Gingrey, an obstetrician, said it was “stupid” of him to suggest that Akin was correct when he claimed it was unlikely that rape would result in pregnancy. The Republican congressman said that after researching the issue, it was clear Akin was wrong.

“Whereas Todd said the panic would cause a body to shut down and prevent ovulation, more recent data suggests just the opposite is probably true,” Gingrey explained.

Gingrey is expected to run for the U.S. Senate.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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