Trent Franks Successfully Wastes Everyone's Time Again as His D.C. Abortion Bill Fails

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This is what a "do-nothing Congress" looks like.
The House of Representatives slapped down another one of Congressman Trent Franks' anti-abortion bills yesterday, and Franks has now successfully wasted more than one hour and 38 minutes of Congress' time this year alone.

Franks' proposed ban on abortions past 20 weeks in Washington D.C.was short by 30 votes, as he kept the conversation on the bill going for more than 50 minutes before it was brought to a vote.

That doesn't even include the time it spent in the House Judiciary Committee, but Franks -- the Arizona Congressman -- took it upon himself to try to tell the District of Columbia how its abortions ought to be regulated. And he's fooling himself if he ever thought there was a chance in hell this would become a law.

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Trent Franks: Trying to Stop "Greatest Genocide in World History" or Just Obsessed With Abortion?

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There are reasons people blame Congress for doing nothing. The photo above is one of those reasons.
Forget everything you learned about the Holocaust, kids, because Congressman Trent Franks is contemplating whether abortion is actually the "greatest genocide in world history."

There's a reason we have a category of stories called "Trent Franks (Sigh)" and it's for stuff like this -- or when he said black people were better off under slavery.

The congressman earned a victory this week as his bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks in Washington D.C. -- yes, the Arizona congressman proposed this idea -- passed out of its committee in the House.

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Trent Franks' D.C. Abortion Bill Passes Committee as He Tries to Stop the "Greatest Genocide in World History"

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Congressman Trent Franks is awful at making comparisons.
Republican Congressman Trent Franks apparently believes he's trying to stop something worse than the Holocaust.

Of course, it's Franks talking about his bread-and-butter issue of abortion, which he's currently considering as "the greatest genocide in world history."

Remember, according to Franks, abortion is the reason black people were better off under slavery than they are today.

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Does Trent Franks Need to Stop Worrying About Regulating Abortions in Washington D.C.?

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Congressman Trent Franks
Congressman Trent Franks -- the "self-appointed Mayor" of Washington D.C., as an area advocacy group calls him -- had his office protested last week, as his new-found "constituents" aren't quite happy with the job he's doing.

As you may recall, a group called "DC Vote" isn't quite pleased Franks -- the Arizona Congressman -- is taking it upon himself to try to tell the District of Columbia what its laws ought to be. (Of course, Franks' bill is for tighter abortion regulations.)

DC Vote decided to invite their new "mayor" to head up a constituent service day to address other problems in the District, but the group informed us Franks didn't play ball.

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Trent Franks, "Mayor" of Washington D.C., Doesn't Hang Out With New "Constituents"

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Congressman Trent Franks' other constituents tyring to get his attention.
Congressman Trent Franks -- the "self-appointed Mayor" of Washington D.C., as an area advocacy group calls him -- didn't really want to meet with his new-found "constituents."

As you may recall, a group called "DC Vote" isn't quite pleased Franks -- the Arizona Congressman -- is taking it upon himself to try to tell the District of Columbia what its laws ought to be. (Of course, Franks' bill is for tighter abortion regulations.)

DC Vote decided to invite their new "mayor" to head up a constituent service day to address other problems in the District, but the group has informed us Franks didn't play ball.

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Washington D.C. Group Sets Up Constituent Service Day for "Mayor" Trent Franks

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Arizona Representative, sometimes Washington D.C. representative, Trent Franks.
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks' work for his constituents currently includes pushing a bill for (of course) tighter abortion regulations.

Problem is, the Arizona Congressman's bill only applies to D.C., as Congress has supreme authority over the city's laws, and Franks has taken it upon himself to tell the District what its laws ought to be.

Well, if Franks wants to play "Mayor" of D.C., he should start acting like it, an advocacy group says.

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Democrat Offers to Rename Trent Franks' Abortion Bill "Ronald Reagan Impose Your Beliefs on A Woman's Womb Act"

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Congressman Trent Franks' idea of name-dropping historical figures in an abortion bill didn't make everyone happy.
For some reason, a few legislators weren't fans of Arizona Congressman Trent Franks naming his bill for a federal ban on race/gender-based abortions after Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.

The bill was submitted by Franks under the name "Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Non-discrimination Act of 2011," but was amended to the "Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act" before it passed out of the House Judiciary Committee last week.

Congressman Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, had some other ideas for shameless name-dropping in the bill's title.

Johnson offered amendments to change the bill's title to either "The Ronald Reagan Impose Your Beliefs on a Woman's Womb Act" or "The Tea Party Determines What Rights a Woman Has Act."

Since the title change to the "Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act" was agreed to, Johnson ended up pulling both amendments.

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Trent Franks Accused of Using His D.C. Abortion Bill As Part of Abortion-Banning Agenda. He Says It's True

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Believe it or not, Congressman Trent Franks has an opinion on abortion.
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks recently addressed accusations that his attempt to ban the imaginary problem of race/gender-based abortions in the United States was just part of some agenda to end all abortions in the country.

Well... yeah.

Franks was on the Concerned Women for America radio show last weekend to pimp his "Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act" -- an attempt to ban abortions based on the race or gender of the fetus, which, we'll remind you once again, addresses a problem that doesn't actually exist in this country.

Speaking on the subject of the bill's popularity in a public-opinion poll and similar bills being tossed around in several state legislatures -- one already passed in Arizona -- Franks explained the actual purpose of his bill.

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GOP Abortion Bullies: "Abortion Is the Leading Cause of Death In the Black Community"

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Abortion Bully Trent Franks
According to Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, "abortion is the leading cause of death in the black community" -- a claim he makes in a memo to House Republicans urging them to vote for a bill introduced by fagala-phobic Congressman Trent Franks that would make it illegal for a woman to end a pregnancy based on the race or gender of the fetus.

As we've noted in many previous posts, it's a great solution...to a non-existent problem.

In addition to the shameless name-dropping found in Franks' bill -- "The Susan B. Anthony and Fredrick Douglas Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act" -- it also would give a woman's family members the ability to sue abortion providers if they think an abortion was performed because of the race or sex of the fetus.



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Congressman Trent Franks' D.C. Abortion Bill: Job Or Activism?

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Arizona Congressman Trent Franks yesterday introduced a bill into Congress that would dictate when women in Washington D.C. are allowed to end a pregnancy.

The rest of the country's allowed to make its own rules, but thanks to the U.S. Constitution, Franks and his Congressional cronies have a say when it comes to the nation's Capitol.

Franks' bill, "The District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," would ban abortions in D.C. of fetuses that are 20 weeks or older -- according to Franks, research shows that fetuses start feeling pain at 20 weeks.

See our post on Franks' bill here.

The Constitution may give Congress authority over Washington D.C., but we have a feeling abortion legislation wasn't what the founding fathers had in mind.

In this case, it seems Franks' authority over what goes on in the nation's Captiol is being used to draw attention to his bread-and-butter issue (when he's not screeching about how gay guys gettin' hitched is "literally a threat to our nation's survival," that is): abortion.

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