June 12th, 2013

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House GOPer: Rate of pregnancy from rape is “very low”

Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona was arguing against a rape and incest exception to an abortion ban

During a House Judiciary Committee debate on his measure to ban abortions after 20 weeks, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., got a little Todd Akin-esque, arguing that the chances of a pregnancy resulting from rape are “very low,” and therefore a Democratic amendment that would create a rape and incest exception to the ban is irrelevant.

“Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low,” Franks said, according to the Washington Post. He continued: “But 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 for such an amendment.”

Source thinks they never learn do they?

Big ol' addendum: 

Gabriel Gomez, the Republican candidate in the special election for senator of Massachusetts, said that Republican Rep. Trent Franks is a “moron” for commenting that most rapes don’t result in pregnancy.

“I think that he’s a moron and he proves that stupid has no specific political affiliation,” Gomez told ABC News.

“I have no idea what goes into the mind of a moron like that,” he continued. “These kinds of comments only come from a moron and they shouldn’t be tolerated one bit.” (from here)

The agree with Mr. Gomez except for on thing:  while stupid has no specific political affiliation, ignorant comments like Franks do.  We all know it.  But I'll give Mr. Gomez credit for maybe trying to reduce partisanship by trying to make it about the facts not political parties.