Trent Franks Says There Aren't That Many Rapes That Result in Pregnancies
Anti-abortion fanatic/Congressman Trent Franks thinks the number of rapes that result in pregnancies is "very low."
Franks' comments are now going viral across the county, although it's not surprising for us back home, who have heard Franks belittle Black people, Jews, and women in general, to make points about his hatred of abortion. Now, add rape victims to the list of people Franks has unfairly used for his anti-abortion talking points.
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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 during a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Arguably, there is no such thing as a "very low" number of rapes resulting in pregnancy -- there either are rapes resulting in pregnancies, or there aren't. And there are.
When another dunce made a similar comment last year, when then-Congressman Todd Akin made a comment about "legitimate rape," reports on the subject found that thousands -- perhaps even tens of thousands -- of rapes result in pregnancies each year.
According to Politico, Franks later claimed that he was saying "pregnancies from rape that result in abortion after the beginning of the sixth month are very rare," and denied saying exactly what he said earlier, so who knows what he's actually trying to say.
We do know that this certainly isn't the first time Franks has made comments that could be deemed offensive to many people, in order to make a point on abortion.
He's said that Black people were better off under slavery than they are now, when abortions are being performed.
While shrugging off the period in which millions of Jews were murdered, Franks says now, with all these abortions, we're all living in the time of the "greatest human holocaust in the history of mankind," and has routinely compared ending abortion with ending the Holocaust.
In his last abortion crusade, activists in Washington D.C. got riled up after Franks proposed a ban on abortions past 20 weeks of gestation in the District. Franks, a Congressman from Arizona, refused to help activists with any other issues in the District, despite Franks' sudden concern for issues in the area.
He's now proposing that 20-week ban be applied nationwide.
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