How is Infertility Just Like Legitimate Rape?
Do you know what I love? When my medical condition is dragged into a Representative’s explanation of rape. Because nothing does more to help mainstream America understand my often misunderstood medical condition than to have it used to explain how stress shuts down a body and doesn’t allow babies to be made. So thanks, Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia. You made my morning with your commentary on Todd Akin’s legitimate rape statement.
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? 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.
So, put down that Follistim needle and pick up that glass of red wine. Don’t be such a tense, uptight, Type-A, anal… wait a second.
I think Resolve may have put out a statement or something about this. What did they say again?
Infertility is a diagnosable medical problem that must be treated by a doctor, and even with treatment, many couples will NEVER successfully conceive a child. Relaxation itself does not cure medical infertility.
So what we’re saying is that Gingrey sucks as a doctor, a Representative, and a man who needs to interact with the women who comprise about 50% of the world. That he’s an OB/GYN who doesn’t seem to have a grasp on factors that cause anovulation (Rep. Gingrey, here’s a nice article from the NIH you can familiarize yourself with. You may notice that “relaxation” isn’t under one of their recommended treatments for anovulation, but what does the NIH know?) That he’s a politician who doesn’t seem to realize that technology exists to record his statements even if he attempts to backpedal after backlash. And he’s a person who doesn’t seem to realize that talking about rape in these terms is not just “a little over the top.”
Rape is rape. And leave infertility out of it.