Trump World Grab-Bag--A Collection

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I'm Really Not Sure Why Republicans can't Stop Talking About Legitimate Rape

The doctor on the right is the mildly creepy, drug-addled Dr. Nikolas Van Helsing, played by the incomparable Jack Elam in the terribly funny film,  The Cannonball Run, while the doctor in the left is the actually real-life kind of creepy doctor, currently serving as Congressman from GA, Phil Gingrey, who recently backed up the unfortunate comments of failed US Senate candidate Todd Akin with respect to "legitimate rape". (Like Ron Paul and Paul Broun, Gingrey joined the Congress after a stint as a lady-business doctor.) Here's what he had to say:

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. 
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?
So, he doesn't know that the stress of rape is a sudden experience that wouldn't interfere with ovulation because it is nothing at all like the pretty much anecdotal tension associated with wanting to have a baby (with a partner one has consented to have sex, I might add)?  Also, he hits on another horrible trope of rape culture--as expressed by losing WI State Rep. Rivard, that "some girls rape easy",  which is to exactly say--some women lie about having been raped.

So, to get this straight--Rep. Phil Gingrey, lady-business doctor, believes that women can be such liars when they are pregnant about whether they have been raped, and that the brief encounter of a rape is sufficient to stop whatever physical processes would have happened naturally because he knows some ladies who eventually did get pregnant from consentual sex?  And he really believes this explanation helps anything?

Am I more glad that he isn't practicing anymore or am I just seriously disappointed that this dumbass is in a position to legislate from this kind of pompous ignorance?

I am happy about exactly nothing, because the War on Women is still chugging along, from WI Rep Paul Ryan, who still believes blastocysts are people and the ladies who are carrying them don't matter, to soooooo many GOP Congressfolk, including lady congressmen, who literally could not wait to do such important stuff as defund Planned Parenthood. They can't pass VAWA, but they can propose defunding an organization that has done quite a lot to prevent abortions by preventing unwanted pregnancies! Nice going, assholes!

Way to show there really isn't a war on women. Pshaw! There's a war on women--and science, and logic! Clearly, this current congress is more ambitious in its dumbassery all around! Sarcastic clap for all of you!

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