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Trent Franks is the New Todd Akin

Trent Franks

Some Republicans never learn…. Droopy eyed Arizona Representative Trent Franks announced that he too believes rape rarely results in pregnancy.

During a committee hearing Trent Franks defended his proposal to ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy — with no rape or incest exception — by insisting “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.” And besides, even if a woman could get pregnant by a rapist, she would have plenty of time after the rape to get an abortion before the ban kicked in, according to Franks.

“When you make that exception, there’s usually a requirement to report the rape within 48 hours and, in this case, that’s impossible because this is in the sixth month of gestation and that’s what completely negates and vitiates the purpose of such an amendment.”

Therefore, the Democratic amendment to the proposal that allows exceptions in cases of rape and incest makes no sense! The current limit for abortions is 24 weeks, but if Franks gets his way it will be limited to 20 weeks – with no exceptions!

No one knows where Franks is getting his info from but he definitely didn’t back it up with any scientific research. Democrats on the committee, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), responded not so favourably:

“I just find it astonishing to hear a phrase repeated that the incidence of pregnancy from rape is low,” Lofgren said. “There’s no scientific basis for that. And the idea that the Republican men on this committee can tell the women of America that they have to carry to term the product of a rape is outrageous.”

One thing’s for sure – someone should really tell Republicans to stop talking about rape so much. Within hours of his comments, Trent Franks began facing Democratic backlash, with many pointing out the similarities to Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” remarks. Akin, a failed Missouri Senate candidate said during the 2012 election that in a “legitimate rape” a woman’s body “shuts that whole thing down”.

Other examples of Republican rape “mishaps” include Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock who suggested a rape pregnancy was a gift from god and Wisconsin state senator Roger Rivard who said his daddy used to tell him, “Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.”

Via: ABC News

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Todd Akin Made a Legitimate Mistake… And Other News

Todd Akin

Former Republican Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin has been having a rough time lately.

Why? Because he keeps “re-living” his legitimate rape comment. Awww. That’s almost as bad as re-living a rape! The politician regrets his comment about women not being able to get pregnant by rape because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” if the rape was “legitimate.” Akin claims he would take back his comments in a second, “all of us are fallible, we make mistakes, we say things the wrong way. I’ve relived that moment many, many times.” Perhaps. But if it had been a legitimate mistake, wouldn’t Akin’s brain have shut the whole thing down? USA Today

MantiPoor Manti Te’o. First his twitter girlfriend turns out to be some guy named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, then the one time Notre Dame star was passed over Thursday in the first round of the NFL draft by 28 teams. Even the teams that desperately need a linebacker. Ouch. But did his career take a turn for the worse because of the whole dead girlfriend hoax thing? Not according to ESPN, who says Te’o struggled long before the hoax was revealed in the national championship game against Alabama, leaving clubs to wonder how he would fare against similar talent in the pros. ESPN

Baby BurnerCan a baby be the anti-christ? Sure, why not! At least according to Childean cult leader Ramón Gustavo Castillo Gaete. The bushy-bearded leader is on the run from police after four members of his group were arrested by Chilean authorities for the ritualistic murder of a baby. The group taped a 3-day-old baby girl’s mouth shut and threw her (alive) into a bonfire after calling on the spirits. Why? Because the leader of the sect believed that the end of the world was near and that the child was the Antichrist. Makes sense. One of the group members arrested was the baby’s mother, who approved the sacrifice. Hmm. I guess Farrah Abraham has isn’t the worst mother ever. NBC News

Hagel in SyriaDid Syria finally cross the red line? Perhaps. The US government is evaluating evidence that Syrian government troops have used chemical weapons during their civil war. US intelligence agencies assessed “with varying degrees of confidence” that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces had used small amounts of sarin gas, a deadly nerve agent banned by international treaty. Syrian officials have denounced the allegations as “lies”. Last year, Obama issued Syria a warning, saying that use of lethal chemical agents would prompt some type of American response. The investigation is still ongoing and no one seems prepared to start up Iraq 2.0 just yet. Los Angeles Times

Delayed FlightsAngry travellers rejoice! In a rare case of Democrat and Republicans coming together in harmony, U.S. lawmakers from both sides passed a measure designed to end budget-related air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays. Sequester cuts had led to a shortage of 1,500 air-traffic controllers which in turn led to thousands of people writing angry Facebook status updates about their flight delays. Thankfully, that’s all over now and we can go back to hearing about what they ate for lunch and looking at pictures of their ugly babies. CNN

Bomber goes to PrisonBoston Marathon bombing suspect moves from Point A to Point B. Or more specifically, from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to a prison. Or even more specifically, to a facility at Fort Devens where federal prisoners are treated. Many of those injured in the Boston blasts were also being treated at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and were not super comfortable being in the same building with the suspected terrorist. BBC News

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