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

Published June 12, 2013 4:53PM (EDT)

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.         (Facebook/TrentFranks)
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. (Facebook/TrentFranks)

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.”

By Jillian Rayfield

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