Gingrey Defended Todd Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” Comments.
According CBS News, “Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., yesterday waded into the debate that may well have cost two Republican Senate candidates their elections, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. Speaking Thursday at the Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Gingrey argued that former Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. — whose bid for Missouri Senate was effectively derailed after he suggested that only some rapes are ‘legitimate’ and that the female body is capable of preventing pregnancy among those that are — was ‘partly right’ in his assessment. He also defended Akin’s use of the term ‘legitimate’ rape, arguing that the alternative is when ‘a scared-to-death’ teenage woman lies to her parents about being raped because she’s afraid to tell her parents she had sex with her boyfriend. ‘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,’ Gingrey said. ‘I don’t find anything so horrible about that.’” [CBS News, 1/11/13]
Gingrey Co-Sponsored Controversial Bill That Only Provided Abortion Funding For Victims Of “Forcible Rape,” Implying That Some Rapes Were Not “Forcible.”
On January 20, 2011, Grimm signed on as a cosponsor to HR 3, a bill to prohibit the use of federal funds for abortion-related services. One provision of the bill altered the exception in federal law that allowed for Medicaid funds to pay for abortions resulting from rape. Instead, the bill redefined the exception by prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for abortion services in all instances except cases of “forcible rape,” rather than simply rape. This altered language endangered federal assistance for abortion services in a number of rape situations, such as statutory rape, that might have failed to meet the threshold of “forcible rape.” According to Think Progress, “Last year, Akin joined with GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as two of the original co-sponsors of the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,’ a bill which, among other things, introduced the country to the bizarre term ‘forcible rape.’ Federal law prevents federal Medicaid funds and similar programs from paying for abortions. Yet the law also contains an exception for women who are raped. The bill Akin and Ryan cosponsored would have narrowed this exception, providing that only pregnancies arising from ‘forcible rape’ may be terminated. Because the primary target of Akin and Ryan’s effort are Medicaid recipients — patients who are unlikely to be able to afford an abortion absent Medicaid funding — the likely impact of this bill would have been forcing many rape survivors to carry their rapist’s baby to term.” The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2011, with Bachmann voting in favor, but no subsequent action was taken in the Senate. [HR 3, 1/20/11; Think Progress, 8/19/12]