Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that the incidence of pregnancy caused by rape is "very low," prompting criticism from Democrats who said the GOP is waging a "war on women." Franks made the comment during a committee mark-up of his late-term abortion ban bill, which is expected pass the House next week. The Republican lawmaker was arguing against a Democratic amendment allowing rape and incest victims to procure abortions. As written, the bill only exempts women whose lives are in danger. "You know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low," Franks said.
Comments: Republicans just never learn to watch what they say because Democrats will always use their words against them.
It´s incredible that Repubs just don´t know when to keep quiet. Utterly incredible. They are truly truly brain dead. It is no wonder they lose national elections. Stupid stupid stupid stupid ..... etc.
Sigh....so dumb. It doesn´t matter if it is true or not. You cannot win this arguement when the lefties have so twisted the narrative on rape and abortion. They have won that battle. Do not venture onto the field with this flag.
Like No. 11, I think Franks´ remark is being misrepresented: Late term abortions due to rape are infrequent. Why would a woman who was raped, or a victim of incest, wait till late term to have an abortion? Late abortions truly for such reasons would be few to none. Rape and incest are just buzzwords leftists like to use to justify abortion. Yet they´d be horrified at any suggestion that rapists themselves should be executed.
Not only is this utterly stupid - the entire GOP will be soon branded with this agenda.
You couldn´t be more stupid than this at a time when Obama is really blowing it and the pubbies have a chance to win over the public. There are lots and lots of people who would rather have a Clinton or an Obama - even if they are dishonest and corrupt - than men who hate and want to demean, control and make war against women.
Franks is obviously correct, but as many posters have noted, why the need to go there. The easy comeback: if it´s so rare, why not allow the abortions. Whether rape pregnancies are common or not is beside the point as to why Franks opposes abortion, so why give an easy talking point to the libs.
Examining fertility statistics from medical websites and doing the math. If a rape is truly random then there is a 4% chance of pregnancy. 4% sounds like a number that qualifies for the description as "very low".
Being right has nothing to do with this. Obviously, the incidence of pregnancy due to rape is a statistic. The accuracy of the statistic can be argued based on reported / unreported rapes. But the guy just needs to know that if he even mentions the word "rape," he will be pilloried.
But then, that is what liberals are trying to do to all of us: intimidate us into shutting up about everything.
Why do these guys get themselves into these jams. Allow abortions for rape in incest. Weather it´s low or not what´s the difference? Idiots.
We´ve got Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the State Department prostitution accusations, the awful illegal immigration bill, NSA eavesdropping on American citizens and more department of energy pay to play loans. And now you let the democrats change the subject with the "war on women" spiel
So where is the evidence to disprove what Rep. Franks said? I´ve always read that the incidence of pregnancy resulting from rape is actually low because of the trauma involved. That in no way diminishes the crime. But if it is a fact, it is a fact. If not, then cite the evidence in the other direction, please.
Alhough it was stupid to fall into this well worn trap set by the abortophiles, his statement that their amendment allowing exceptions for rape or incest should require the woman to report the crime shortly after it occured make alot of sense. If a woman really does become pregnant by rape and is OK with terminating the child, surely she would have the abortion as soon as possible. And I would think she would want the attacker caught and punished. That can´t happen if she doesn´t report the crime and without such a provision, any woman who wants a late term abortion can simply claim she was raped 8 or 9 months ago and nobody will be able to prove othewise, thus rendering any restriction on late term abortion completely meaningless. (Which is exactly why the abortophiles NEVER include or support a reporting provision.)
IQ? Tell me where the money is in this mine field? Tell me the political demographic he enlightens which does not also include lucky Juanita Broderick? Tell me that he is socially adept, given the fall of the other earnest candidate who went there. Tell me if you sense a heart for rape victims, or character who would hold the perp accountable. Tell me if the press will not forever tag this genius as another republican who said this. Tell me about his re-election chances in a time of tyranny. Tell me if you think he can redeem himself by using his IQ for persuasive oratory, or to get Obama´s sealed documents. Doubt it.
When a Republican makes remarks like he did, it does not matter if he was correct or not, because the liberal Democrats and their media allies will ensure that the remarks are either taken out of context or are given new meaning, so that they can be used against him and the Republican Party. Unfortunately half the country believes whatever the liberal media feeds them.
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