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Now, another US Republican has come under fire for suggesting that GOP lawmaker Todd Akin was "partially right" in saying that a woman would not conceive after a "legitimate rape."
Akin's Missouri Senate campaign fell apart last year after he claimed that "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey, an ob-gyn who represents Georgia, argued at a local Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday that Akin wasn't entirely wrong, the New York Daily News reports.
According to The Marietta Daily Journal, Gingrey said that 'sometimes infertile couples 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?," he added.
But Gingrey went on to say that the theory would not apply to a woman who had ovulated before she was raped.
He said he didn't "find anything so horrible" about distinguishing "legitimate rape" from non-legitimate rape, which he defined as a false accusation.
According to the report, Gingrey also attempted to explain a comment by former Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock that pregnancies resulting from rape are intended by God.
He said that 'if there is conception in the aftermath of a rape, that's still a child, and it's a child of God, essentially'.