Trent Franks' Newest Abortion Bill Passes Subcommittee That Franks Chairs

Congressman Trent Franks
Anti-abortion fanatic/Republican Congressman Trent Franks is celebrating his latest abortion bill passing out of a House subcommittee, which really isn't much to celebrate about.

We understand it's difficult to keep track of which abortion bill of Franks' is the newest, since his bread-and-butter issue of abortion seems to be all he talks about, but it's his proposal to create a nationwide ban on abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy that passed the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

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Franks has made multiple attempts to ban abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy in Washington D.C., none of which have succeeded. He's also proposed many other abortion bills, none of which have succeeded. He's also proposed other bills in general in his decade-plus in Congress, none of which have earned a presidential signature.

Yet, here we go again, as Franks' nationwide ban passed a House subcommittee, 6-4, as Franks got his bill heard (and a free vote) because he's the chairman.

Franks has been trying to play up his bill in the wake of the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of killing a few babies born alive.

"I understand the unfortunate reality that today's markup will be surrounded by some degree of controversy," Franks says in today's statement. "But we, as a nation, find ourselves at a point at which we don't offer unborn children even the most basic protections -- even protections we extend to animals and property. The trial of Kermit Gosnell exposed late abortions for what they really are: relocated infanticide."

There's literally zero chance of this becoming law, and recent reports indicate that there's no plan to have the bill heard before the full House Judiciary Committee.

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There is something very nasty, perverse and unwholesome in Trent Frank's obsession with women's reproductive health. Everytime I see or hear of him in the press I feel dirty and want to take a shower.


I detest Frank's efforts to impose his orthodox religious observance on the rest of us. However, what Gosnell was convicted of doing - breaking the necks of living babies - is also detestable.  And to minimize Gosnell's conduct by flippantly describing it as, "killing a few babies born alive" is also detestable.

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 If it was as simple as people like Franks being perverts or being evil, etc, there wouldn't be as much controversy.

In his mind, he's not concerned with women's reproductive health.

He believes he's protecting tiny little souls.

That makes it much more difficult to change these people's minds.  They see us as being evil baby killers.


it's a straw man thou, dude broke the law and now he's in prison for it.

if anything it's an example of why we need to make abortion easier for women and not more difficult. it is their body, their reproductive system, and their life.

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@teknik Yes, and isn't it a remarkable fact anti-abortionists are overwhelmingly male? If men would just mind their own damn business and stay the hell out of womens' reproductive systems, no anti-abortion bill would get so much as a first reading. And furthermore, doesn't Frank look just downright creepy?

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public Yes, and that makes them believe that they have a vested interest in making sure the female carries that fetus to term. Their involvement in this process can take as little as 30 seconds... which is the amount of time that Trent needs. Maybe less.


@eric.nelson745 A small technical point - men being in women's reproductive systems is what causes babiues in the first place.

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@eric.nelson745  Most of what you read about such things are the views of politicians, and the overwhelming majority of politicians are men, particularly among the religious right, where women are much more likely to believe that their role is to stay home and raise children.  A lot of women are also anti-abortion, if only because their husbands tell them they should be.

This bill got through Franks' own committee, but won't get much further.


@eric.nelson745 he didn't get them lips from sucking on oranges!

a late friend used to say,its still funny today

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