Trent Franks' Abortion Bill Now Includes Rape Exception, Thanks to Bone-Headed Comment

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Congressman Trent Franks
Anti-abortion fanatic/Congressman Trent Franks' bone-headed argument that a "very low" number of rapes result in pregnancies ended up being a losing argument.

Franks' bill banning abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy has since been changed, exempting victims of rape and incest.

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"You know, before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject -- because, you know, the incidences of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low," Franks said last week.

Franks initially claimed that his comments were "taken out of context," which wasn't really the case, but his spokesman later said that Franks "misspoke," and meant to say that the number of rapes that result in pregnancies and are aborted after 20 weeks is low.

While other Republicans eventually conceded the point about a rape exemption, it's not the initial one offered by Democrats, and it could also be construed as a reporting requirement as much as it is an exemption.

It exempts rape victims from the 20-week limit if the rape has "been reported at any time prior to the abortion to an appropriate law enforcement agency."

A whole lot of rapes don't get reported to police, so the bill is still a potential roadblock for pregnant rape victims.

Additionally, Franks reportedly will not be running the debate on the bill on the House floor, which is good for everyone, and might prevent Franks from announcing to the country that blacks are better off under slavery (again).

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sarum
sarum

"A whole lot of rapes don't get reported to police" . . . and charges get dropped when the family realizes that the breadwinner might get incarcerated or deported leaving them with no means of support.  Illegal aliens comes under that category.  Certain churches wish to handle the rape/incest allegations internally which basically results in the family staying together, avoiding legal charges and consequences, and the victims still being victims.  Whole large families lose all their girls because when they start menstruating they fear having a child by a family member - so they leave home - often becoming baby mommas by whatever non-relative shelters them and takes their rent in such services.  These are church members who claim to put family values and "God" above the rest of us and our laws.  I do not know current status but in past Arizona was a known haven for people who were prosecuted in other states for the crimes of rape and incest.  By the way, isn't ALL incest also rape?

Michael
Michael

Senator Frank, Just saw your speech, on abortion on c-span, If your words of truth don't move the human conscience and cause shame then perhaps we are a doomed nation to burn, And by looking at some of these comments...... there is no shortage of  cowardly vile demons gnashing at your coat tails. Keep up the good Word SIR~   

dwykoff
dwykoff

So Frank, are you sure it is low or is it because you by the whole you can't get pregnant while being raped. Or do you have statistics to back that claim ?

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

Franks REALLY needs to get laid.

Cozz
Cozz

Fuck this POS Trent Franks. Who gives a shit what he thinks anymore.

sarum
sarum

@Michael Perhaps abortion is God's means of giving women the option of ensuring that only the ethical survive vs. the Neanderthals.   (Actually the behavior CHOICES insults Neanderthals.)  Would you want to raise the child of a rapist, especially one who almost took your life?  Would you want to be THAT parent, always wondering if your child rearing skills will be sufficient to keep that child from repeating the behaviors of his/her father?  I know plenty have done it but we also have alot of abused children too.  Is anybody tracking the correlation between the nature of their conception and abuse they subsequently endure?  Do you know the psychological trauma suffered by children who were unwanted no matter how much the adults around them try to pretend and hide the truth?  How much of that psychological damage is sustained in utero?

Cozz
Cozz

@Michael  

LOL...said like a true Bible Thumper...

DNichols
DNichols

We need a Two Term Limit on all of these Crooked, Special Interest owned Bozo's!

After Two Terms they are either Crooked, Special Interest Owned,  or they think they are Royalty.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

Sarum,

As long as there is no "in utero" abuse like the mother forgetting and leaving her Oxycontin strewn about her uterus, the baby should be fine.

Wonder how much psychological trauma is caused by Bible Thumpers?

Cozz
Cozz

@DNichols  

1 term should be enough for Bozo's like this.

sarum
sarum

@shadeaux14 There is current research to determine if trauma suffered (including emo) alters gene expression and changes your family line permanently.  I'm not going to look it up for you now - suffice it is out there.  This line of research is an effort to find proof of documented changes.  Kind of like anybody who suffers chronic pain was called mentally ill because the body replaces all cells every 7 years.  Now they are proving that cells transmit memory of the injury to its replacement cell.  

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