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Phil Gingrey once sat on the House Science Committee

In the grand tradition of House Republicans who have sat on the House Science Committee, Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., is under fire for making scientifically questionable comments about rape.

Last week, Gingrey offered a partial defense of Todd Akin's comments about "legitimate rape"and women's bodies being able to shut down pregnancies, telling the Marietta Daily Journal that Akin was "partly right" on that score:

"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?"

Gingrey is currently the Chair of the GOP Doctors Caucus, has been Ranking Member of the Science Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, and, like Akin, previously served on the House Science Committee. 

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