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

2 Responses to “Trent Franks is the New Todd Akin”

  1. ReaganPlusCats
    June 12, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

    Pregnancy from rape is rare and an intelligent comment from the GOP is even rarer.

  2. FuzzRay
    June 12, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Pregnancy from rape is rare and an intelligent comment from the GOP is even rarer.

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