GOP Rep Says Pregnancies From Rape Are Rare

Source: Catalina Camia / USA Today

WASHINGTON — Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said Wednesday that the incidence of pregnancy from rape is “very low,” months after a similar comment led Todd Akin to lose a Senate race in Missouri.

Franks made his statement during a House Judiciary Committee meeting Wednesday on the Arizona congressman’s bill that would ban abortions nationwide after the 20th week of gestation. The lawmaker’s comments were first reported by The Washington Post.

Franks, a social conservative first elected in 2002, objected to a Democratic amendment that would make exceptions in cases of rape and incest.

“The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low,” Franks said, according to a transcript.

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