Months after comments about "legitimate rape" helped Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) lose a Senate race, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) is defending some of his former colleague's words.

"He’s partly right on that," Gingrey, an OB-GYN, told constituents Thursday. A traumatic event could cause a woman not to ovulate, he said, and he didn't see anything "horrible" about distinguishing between "legitimate rape" and "a scared-to-death 15-year-old" who might lie when she "becomes impregnated by her boyfriend and then has to tell her parents," the Marietta Daily Journal reported.

Where Akin was wrong, Gingrey said, was in suggesting that a pregnancy could never or almost never result from rape.