Skip to main content

Rep. Trent Franks
Rep. Trent Franks
After the 2012 elections, Republicans vowed not to be tripped up by any more Todd Akin-style comments alienating women voters by minimizing rape, defying science, and sheer force of idiocy. Apparently Rep. Trent Franks did not get that message, though. Franks is pushing a bill that would make abortion illegal after 20 weeks, and in opposing a Democratic amendment creating exceptions for rape and incest, he had this to say:
"The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low."
Actually, as we all found out after Akin's claim that "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," pregnancy from rape is not rare at all. But Republicans like Todd Akin and Trent Franks don't really give a damn how rare or common it is for women to face an unwanted pregnancy after being raped. That's what absolutism is—there is absolutely no circumstance under which they are willing to allow a woman to decide to end a pregnancy. Rape and incest just don't register for them.

Franks went on to echo the logic of Ron Paul's "honest rape" comments: There shouldn't need to be a post-20 weeks rape and incest exception because "when you make that exception, there’s usually a requirement to report the rape within 48 hours." So not only does he reject the facts on pregnancy and rape, he doesn't begin to get all the reasons women don't always immediately report rape.

And while the party's post-2012 rebranding efforts have tried to keep top Republicans from publicly saying this kind of stuff, no exceptions for rape or incest remains the official Republican position on abortion.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 09:28 AM PDT.

Also republished by Abortion, Pro Choice, and Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site