“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? But the fact that a woman may have already ovulated 12 hours before she is raped, you’re not going to prevent a pregnancy there by a woman’s body shutting anything down because the horse has already left the barn, so to speak. And yet the media took that and tore it apart.”
Gingrey’s comments were picked up by national media outlets Friday and prompted a response from Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Cecile Richards.
“Representative Gingrey’s comments are ignorant and offensive,” Richards said. “These remarks are yet another reminder that some politicians would rather demean and dismiss women than focus on what they were elected to do – fix the economy and create jobs.”
The Young Democrats of Georgia circulated an online petition calling for Gingrey to resign after his “flatly offensive anti-women rhetoric.”
In a follow-up statement to the AJC, Gingrey said: “I do not defend, nor do I stand by, the remarks made by Rep. Akin and Mr. Mourdock. In my attempt to provide context as to what I presumed they meant, my position was misconstrued.”
In the same meeting, the Marietta Daily Journal reported, Gingrey also addressed gun control, a subject in the news since the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn. He said, “I would be willing to listen to the possibility” of restricting high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as revisions to the gun-show loophole that allows some gun buyers to avoid background checks.