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Friday, March 22, 2019

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) argued Wednesday that the number of women who get pregnant due to rape is “very low.”

“Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low,” Franks said, objecting to a amendment to a proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks that would allow exceptions for rape and incest.

“When you make that exception, there’s usually a requirement to report the rape within 48 hours and, in this case, that’s impossible because this is in the sixth month of gestation and that’s what completely negates and vitiates the purpose of such an amendment,” he added.

A 1996 study estimated about 5 percent of women will become pregnant with their rapists’ babies — an estimated 32,201 pregnancies a year.

The Washington Post‘s Fact Checker Glen Kessler gave Franks’ claim “Four Pinocchios,” noting, “The available research suggests that not only is there little or no difference, but the rate of pregnancy after rape may actually be slightly higher. Under any definition, that does not qualify as ‘very low.’ There is no reason to suggest any distinction.”

“I just find it astonishing to hear a phrase repeated that the incidence of pregnancy from rape is low,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, (D-CA), responded. “There’s no scientific basis for that and the idea that the Republican men on this committee can tell the women of America that they have to carry to term the product of a rape is outrageous.”

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99 responses to “LISTEN: Republican Argues The Incidence Of Pregnancy From Rape Is ‘Very Low’”

  1. charleo1 says:

    This is what the hard core extremists have concentrated their efforts on since
    they came to town in 2010. It has been one pathetic bill after the next. As they
    attempt to force themselves into the private lives, and private decisions between
    a woman, her doctor, and her family. These are the nit wits that claim they don’t
    want a big government trying to control every facet of their lives. Just women’s
    lives. If laws restricting abortion actually would create jobs. We’d be begging the
    Mexicans to cross the Rio Grande, no questions asked. Just to help us keep up.
    But the hypocrisy gets even more jaw dropping. When the truth is, most of them
    could not care less about the abortion issue. Unable to agree on the important
    issues, such as immigration, and jobs. These completely meaningless votes they
    take every couple of weeks, to repeal healthcare reform, or restrict abortion.
    Are the equivalent of giving a coloring book to a fidgety child on a long car trip.
    Just something to do to pass away the long boring hours between arriving in the
    morning, and check out time in the afternoon.

  2. Rose Drew says:

    What’s interesting is that THIS idiot’s hateful remarks break JUST AS the prosecutors in Ohio want to go for the death penalty for the waste-of-life who kidnapped tortured raped and REPEATEDLY IMPREGNATED his 3 victims. But oh wait, pregnancy rape is rare. But oh wait! He murdered LIFE and should be killed! But oh wait!!

    • Ima_Leftout says:

      Rapes of this kind are extremely rare. Most rapes are cleaned up in medical centers if reported……if you hold it in……you got it. Abortions should be mandatory till you are of sound mind to have offspring. It is used because of failing to use contraceptives given out in grammar school. …so do condoms actually promote or add to the abortion rate. In NYC it is common to see teens coming out of Unplanned Parent hood Centers ….surely they are not there for “womens’ health issues” . I suppose we can classify abortions as a women’s health issue, because we forgot to close our legs in a moment of passion,….were are the condoms? Abortions are used as a means of contraception, Plain and simple. …thank goodness or else there would be more idiots propagating…..hooray for NYC.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Give it up tootsie….I hope the next rapist who attacks you reminds you to keep your legs closed.

        • MVH1 says:

          Where’s that aspirin when she needs it?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Some women have zero self-respect without a man at their side…they also have no identity other than his..after all…he’s their chief source of money..Kind of like married prostitutes who open their legs when they know it’s payday.

          • jmprint says:

            Sound to me that you are describing Tea Party WomMEN.

        • Ima_Leftout says:

          Tootsie, Betty Friedan …..once you are raped? You get things taken care of…you can not scream rape months after it happened. Rapists should be castrated as in the times of of the crusades….oooops times of today in Moslem countries, and women beheaded if your daughter is guilty of sexual diversions.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Tootsie…Ever been to a women’s help center as a volunteer? I have…You want to see women raped and so badly abused that their faces are like pulp? You can scream rape when you can talk, walk and point the finger…You must collect a lot of butter on those buttered palms…Get a job, be an independent woman and then post your drivel. You know nothing Tootsie.

          • idamag says:

            Correction to your vast knowledge of Muslim countries: Woman who are raped are stoned. That will teach them to get raped, won’t it?

          • Ima_Leftout says:

            Referring to castration of males for raping…..eye for an eye…so to speak…. Would not want to stone a woman. The women I know will throw stones back…..rightly so.

          • Mark Forsyth says:

            In some of those countries,if a woman is raped she often is stoned to death on the premise that she has brought dishonor to her family.If you can figure the logic in that then your thinking is better than mine.

        • neeceoooo says:

          You are right and it is not just the rape, there is a lot more involved than the sexual act. There is controlling the victim, verbal abuse and physical abuse and sometimes guns (can we talk about gun control).

      • old_blu says:

        Huh? This isn’t about closing your legs in a moment of passion.
        Are you stupid?

        • Ima_Leftout says:

          Most teens coming into our clinics are for a D&C, Dusting and Cleaning. Brutal rapes are handled medically, with compassion. Eleanores’ description of men is over the top…most men are loyal, supportive parents to their offspring,…except in the recent case of a man in Kentucky that fathered 24 children….saying
          ” Women like me/it…you know how they are!” He did not support them….no baseball games , ballet…..just a little good time.

          • old_blu says:

            So what if they are going in there because they forgot to close their legs, it’s none of mine, our your business.
            I’m a man so this is just my humble opinion, but, and I’ve said it before. If you don’t believe in abortions it’s really simple DON’T HAVE ONE! But leave others alone about it.

          • Ima_Leftout says:

            WE Agree, Have a great Fathers’ Day, or help a child.

          • old_blu says:

            Thank you I will, and you do the same. I’m going to the mountains.

          • neeceoooo says:

            Thank you old-blu and good morning. That is why they call it “freedom to choose”.

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        So says the expert of rape data…In DogPatch they don’t call it rape…Lil Abne opens Daisy Mae’s legs by remote control and Lil Abner goes “hotdamn!”

      • charleo1 says:

        The good news is, for every, Ima Leftout, there are a hundred
        women, heck, maybe a thousand, who know better!

        • Ima_Leftout says:

          Just my experiences from inner city clinical environments , part of my clinical rotation, Philadelphia , NY, DC, I say what I see and do.

          • charleo1 says:

            Setting your professional experiences aside for the moment.
            You seem to have some pretty hard nosed attitudes, about
            rape. She doesn’t get to report it several weeks later? I
            believe she does. I absolutely believe she does. You seem
            far too willing to mockingly refer to Planned Parenthood, as
            “Unplanned Parenthood.” If you were a professional, and
            I’m not sure at all about that. You would know the average
            number of women coming out of that clinic for procedures
            other than an abortion, is 97%. Pardon me, but people that
            care, educate themselves on the subject. The Christian
            moralizers have the same problem. They want all abortion
            made illegal in this Country. But, oppose any education on
            sex, not based on abstinence. A method studies show as the
            least effective, in preventing sex, STDs, and pregnancies.
            You should know this. You should also know, the law does
            not agree with your callous assessment, that the minor
            child, has the responsibility to, “Keep her legs closed, in
            a moment of passion.” Honestly, do you listen to yourself?
            The attitude that condoms promote sex, is every bit as
            wrongheaded as saying, providing clean needles promotes drug addiction. What this issue needs more than any singular
            thing. Is people educated about the issue, dedicated to doing
            those things we know will work. And drop the useless
            moralizing, along with the irresistible urges to punish the
            females for their sinful indiscretions.

          • Ima_Leftout says:

            I was not minimizing rape, referring to the use of abortion as a method of taking care of pregnancy for lack of using contraception that is available, but not used evidently.

      • idamag says:

        I would like to know which grade school is giving out in grammar school. Where I live sex education is not even discussed in schools – it might give the kids ideas. The parallel of our area having one of the highest teen pregnancy rates doesn’t even enter people’s minds.

        • neeceoooo says:

          You’re right, that may be a little distorted. I don’t believe any grade school is giving out condoms what a bogus comment.

      • idamag says:

        Oh, and do you live in NYC?

        • Ima_Leftout says:

          Work there, sorry it was ninth grade, schools were giving out for Prom night, of course we all know what goes on then. As they say in NYC, we are burying our heads if we think that students (children) are not burying their heads….I came from a different era…. More respect for each other and fear / mostly love of parents and god like images.

      • plc97477 says:

        I can tell you what the teens were probably doing. I have volunteered in my local planned parenthood. They were probably being counseled, getting birth control or getting answers to questions their parents were to ashamed to answer.

  3. AlfredSonny says:

    Is it possible for the GOP to be consistent by developing policies to control women’s bodies with anti-abortions and control men’s faces with anti-shavings.

  4. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG says:

    I think it is time all these men who are making these statements about rape, passing laws that will force women to have a child conceived from a violent act, should have to spend time in prison so they can experience first hand what rape does to a person physically, mentally and emotionally.

    • Michael Kollmorgen says:

      I’ve often proposed that EVERYONE should spend a year in prison when they turn 21, no exceptions.

      In there, everything is raw emotions. You can’t hide your beliefs or our feelings for very long before your fellow inmates finds them out. You will be exposed for what you are, either you are an honorable person who just made mistakes, or you are truely a complete rat.

      In either case, you will find out what the true nature of your fellow man is. These guys, such as these rape-approving republicans wouldn’t stand a chance in there. They’d be someones butt-buddes within a month.

  5. Michael Kollmorgen says:

    What is with these Republicans, can’t they keep their minds off of raping women (and whatever else is handy)?

    With Club in Hand (grunt grunt); Me Man – You Woman!

    Off to the cave we go……………………

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      It’s known as psycho sexually adolescent retardation. They never got over the rush of testosterone from their teens and now it’s spilled over into their brains and their brains are flooded with hormones. Only their phony attempts at Bible Thumping represses their true sexual intentions.

    • plc97477 says:

      I wonder how much of it is wishful thinking.

    • idamag says:

      Love your reply.

  6. Catskinner says:

    While I agree these fellows are really stupid, this guy is already in office, so it’s not really much of a story, like it was with Akin and Mordock.

    • MVH1 says:

      It’s still a story. It’s a reminder everyone needs to vote every time there is an election in which they’re eligible. If not, these kinds of people will continue to wind up there making horrific statements and offering horrific bills.

      • Catskinner says:

        Like the bill Charles Schumer is trying to ram through the Senate, for instance.

        • MVH1 says:

          Ram-ram ramalangadingdong. You means like all the abortion bills and slashing women’s health laws and rights that’s been going on the last few years? I think they all know about ramming. One bad ram deserves a good ram. I know how bleak that makes things for you.

          • Catskinner says:

            Those of us who realize there are way too many people in America now, have no problem with abortion, gay marriage, and health care programs paying for women’s birth control medications.

          • MVH1 says:

            I’m with you on all of those.

      • Michael Kollmorgen says:

        One of the main problems is that most of these guys DON’T show their true beliefs until they’re in office. Then, by that time, it’s nearly impossible to get them out of office, short of a recall.

        If they are Conservative and Christian (especially the ones that are radical about it), those two facts alone should tip the public off not to vote for them in the first place.

        • MVH1 says:

          We mostly had to find that out the hard way years ago. Now that the Tea Party has arrived on the scene, it happens a lot more often. The old guard is always trying to get the newbies to hold their tongues. Remember a few months ago when Dick Armey cautioned them not to go around saying what they were going to do and what they really believed because it scared everybody? I guess we should thank the Tea Party for outing them so thoroughly and constantly.

  7. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Actually, there is a method to these Twerps madness regarding women. They stupidly believe they will somehow, some way convince women they know more about women’s bodies than women do…This, of course, is part and parcel of some men’s Know it All bloated ego superiority bred into their genes. This is also why it’s time for a female US president. Enough the male bulls leading the cows into pasture, impregnating them and then going off to graze elsewhere.

    • MVH1 says:

      I say fill Congress with women. They make the laws.

    • idamag says:

      unfortunately not many qualified women have run for president with the exception of Hiliary Clinton.

      • MVH1 says:

        It takes experience to gain qualification cred. When you weren’t elected, you had to go about it over a longer period of time. Kind of like women graduating college at a higher rate than men now and with far better grades.

      • nana4gj says:

        And she should be the gold standard, not the one who was “tapped” to be a Vice President. There are some women in the House and in the Senate who would be far more appropriate in the White House than any of those men touted in the GOP as “rising stars” or potential candidates for 2016.

    • nana4gj says:

      Even demonstrated in the sessions on the incidence of rape in the military, with the respected Sen Carl Levine, deciding against Sen Gillabrand’s proposed bill. When I learned of that yesterday, it reinforced my conclusion of this year that it is time to create a majority of women in the Congress because the men have been there too long and are no longer effective with issues of today, any issue.

      They seem too focused on each other’s egos, on politics of any issue, and dance around, dilute, and use no common sense, until we are left with meaningless legislation that placates each other and does little for the common good.

      I come to this conclusion not as a feminist at age 70 years old, but as a pragmatist, observing behaviors between the two and concluding that women are more practical, not yet so much influenced by the power they may hold that enlarges their sense of ego, but as individuals who are still motivated by the fact that they are in a position to effect changes and prefer to just get the job done and done as well as it can be done. No nonsense. Don’t know if it’s a hormonal thing, experience in the home and family as wife and mother, or, just having to go through life in a very different way than a male does, but it is obvious they are better equipped to work with others, get the actual job done, with practicality and no-nonsense. I cannot say “all women”, as there is ample evidence that some women, and we know who they are, cannot.

      • Mark Forsyth says:

        When the opportunity you describe takes place,I will be looking forward to your comments about which ones to weed out.There are a bunch on that hill,both sides of the aisle and both sexes, that need to go.
        An Excellent Comment!

        • nana4gj says:

          At this time, I see one qualifier that stands out and that is some women who are allowing themselves to be used to support the positions of men in the Senate, to “shore up” the men, parroting talking points, as in the case of Kelly Ayote, which is, in my opinion, a waste of her potential. There are others who will not be named, who are simply as unequipped, intellectually, as some of the men and who use, as their sole qualifier the fact that they are a woman, and who rely upon sensationalism.

          There are more who function very well, enough of them to pique my observation, notice the difference, and formulate my conclusion, albeit more on “one side” than on “the other side”, which just may be attributable to the differences in attitude of some powerful men toward women and how women choose or are “conditioned” to respond to those attitudes.

          Relinquishing your independence to a man’s expectations on what your “place” is in such an important position, to “fit in”, would be one qualifier that would cause me to “weed out”, and I have found it very easy to identify that.

          Positions and policies that are endorsed are the most important qualifier, but, the core qualifier would be the character of any woman, which would evidence all of the positive and negative attributes I have briefly described, for starters.

          • Mark Forsyth says:

            Considering who we are looking at along with much of what you’ve mentioned,it is rather easy to red flag these individuals for anyone with the perception and inclination to do that.I am looking forward to the removal process,whatever that turns out to be.Lord knows it can’t happen too soon.Considering further how so much of the party is in lockstep with one cockide mandate or another,the visions of the old German Reich marches frequently come to mind.

          • Mark Forsyth says:

            Gosh,I just noticed that photo of Franks with his right arm outstretched.Like a page from history,very familiar stance,perhaps he will grow a little black mustache for our amusement.

      • MVH1 says:

        Best post ever.

    • Mikey7a says:

      Yes, I admit it. I believe it is way past time to let a woman try to run these United States. I am 57 years old, and I say that they couldn’t possibly do any worse a job, than the morons running the House. If not Hillary Clinton, than certainly Elizabeth warren in 2016!

  8. Dominick Vila says:

    We need more people like Rep. Franks around. In fact, we should give them maximum exposure and use their statements to highlight how the Tea Party feels about the average American and, in cases like this, how they feel about crime victims. We already know they support the right of every criminal and demented person to own a gun to facilitate the execution of their goals. We now know that Mr. Akin was not the only one that believe rape is a big deal. 32,000 pregnancies a year as a result of rape may not be a big deal for Rep. Franks, but I doubt the 32,000 women that bore those children share his indifference. Franks statement, like Romney’s statement about 47% of Americans, reinforce the conviction that in addition to being the party of no, the modern-day GOP is a party that despises anyone who does not share their ideological convictions and anti-democratic goals.

    • Janet Tabares says:

      And their cash flow.
      They really don’t like those without money either. They may pretend that they do for the vote, but the reality is – no. They want donors, not just followers.

      • MVH1 says:

        The recent report from the young college Republicans states that specifically. Young people think the Republicans love you when you’ve succeeded but they offer to hand up to help you get there.

        • old_blu says:

          I agree with what you say, but would add that their idea of success is always monetary, and that’s really not how I measure success. (for me anyway)

          • plc97477 says:

            Success for me means how many people will care when you die. Since you can’t take it with you that has to be the ultimate success.

        • Mark Forsyth says:

          Sorry,but i’m not getting the jist of the second sentence in your comment.Care to put that another way?

          • MVH1 says:

            Oh, my, it is a jumble, isn’t it? “Young people think the Republicans love you when you’ve succeeded but they don’t offer you a hand up to get there.” There, fixed it. This is from the report earlier this week from the young college Republicans survey of other young people and what they had to say about the Republican party. I need to proof everything I post. Obviously. 🙂

          • nana4gj says:

            I can understand why they would think that.

    • MVH1 says:

      I’m with you. It’s even more fun when they cluster together in their colossal stupidity. It shows it off so well.

  9. popover1 says:

    I wonder what Trent Franks would say if we fired 32,000 CEO’s. Low incidence, so it doesn’t matter?

  10. plc97477 says:

    I don’t remember who but someone once said that if men became pregnant abortion would be an olympic sport.

  11. idamag says:

    The right wants smaller government, less government intrusion in their lives and less regulations except…

    • MVH1 says:

      They want that for themselves and their buddies but they want us to be under every government rule and regulation and law they can dream up.

  12. R. DuFresne says:

    SO concerned about unborn when totally ignoring those starving in this world. Cut birth control, sex ed, Planned Parenthood (women’s services including abortion), my right to choose,forcing YOUR choice onto my life and then complain about all the needy sucking up your Profits from donors/lobbyists cause they NEED assistance. GOP no humanity/empathy or genuine concern. This is ALL motivated by money or religion. Neither of which should control Politics. But I digress …Of course none of these people view themselves as equivalent to Taliban of which they emulate with a master’s precision.

  13. Male_DV_Victim says:

    Funny how when it comes to abortion, and I’m pro-choice, “It’s my body, my choice”.

    But when it comes to Marijuana you get no choice at all??

    I mean we have people in JAIL because of Marijuana???

  14. MasterWes says:

    I wonder – how many of these geniuses had mothers who did not believe in choice? All those under 40 in Congress were born after Roe v Wade…

    THEIR mothers exercised their right to choose. I wonder how many of those mothers realized too late that they made the wrong choice, and now these gentlemen are trying to help their ilk to survive?

    Or, how many of them are the product of either rape or incest and don’t want to de-legitimize their own existence????

  15. Janet Tabares says:

    How can these guys be THAT FREAKING CLUELESS!!! Five percent may be a low number, but to those within that demographic, their ability to choose what is right for them and their families to deal with something over which they had no control is important. Just because they are the exception rather than the rule doesn’t make them any less important.

    Grow up GOP. Please!

  16. Pat Brown says:

    What I don’t understand is why do these men have such an obsession with abortion? It’s not like they give a damn about the baby that results, in fact they’ve proven the opposite again and again with their constant cuts of social services that benefit children.

    Their absolute contempt for both women and their (born) children is beyond belief. Who keeps voting these morons in? There must be some women doing so and my question to them is WHY??

  17. nana4gj says:

    The ignorance of Republican politicos on the subject of medicine, specifically, women’s reproductive issues, and even on the crime of rape, is appalling. I realize they cannot have the body of knowledge that a licensed, board certified physician might have, but, it appears they do not read to inform themselves and they do not seek out expertise opinions before they formulate their own positions. That they can speak in such dogmatic terms, is frightening and raises the question if they are fit to render any legislation on any issue.

    One of my reasons for being Pro Choice is that I believe these are the type of men in elected office who will, in time, be deciding who can have children and who cannot, using terminations of pregnancies and/or sterilization selectively, based on their own notions, or, perhaps, creating a kind of pregnancy camp to breed the right kind of offspring, as in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

    These are the kind of people in Congress who cannot be trusted with too mulch national security information, as well, because they seem not to have any appreciation for the need to keep information classified; they do not take positions based on any kind of science or evidence; and they are not smart enough to inform themselves, or attend briefing sessions unless it’s about putting women in shackles.

    • MVH1 says:

      There are several physician Congressmen….I believe one in Georgia who specifically says science is a load of crap. It’s all up to God. How’d you like for him to be your doctor?

      • nana4gj says:

        Then it must be the new breed of Conservative Republican. They need to be ousted from office.

        • MVH1 says:

          It would be my guess they are. But then again, it’s the new Republicans, the Tea Party, who don’t filter what they say or what they want so we’re left with the possibility they’ve always been like this and only knew better than to campaign on those positions.

  18. Budjob says:

    The foreign country of ASSHOLEZONA is really,really,REALLLLYYY,FUCKED UP!!
    and,their nutjob republican politicians are very,scary,strange.Throw the nutcase fat Nazi sheriff Joe Arpaio into the mix and boy is that state fucked up!!!

  19. larrylunts says:

    All people who are charged with a crime should be imprisoned for life without trial, because the incidence of innocence in such cases is low.

  20. lojo40 says:

    Well this Democrat has been in the room when 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 week pregnancies were terminated and it’s not a sight that many would like to witness when a perfectly formed baby is laying on a table viable and breathing and either left to die or “assisted” to die. There are other choices – millions of good couples are waiting to adopt. And what Trent Franks said is true – (although certainly not politically correct in this day and age when the media is waiting to spring on any comment that will enhance the 6:00 o’clock news.) There are two reasons why most rapes do not result in pregnancy – (the same reason why most consensual sex does not result in pregnancy) – the majority of women are on birth control and the statistical chances that a woman will be at a place in her 28-day cycle where it’s possible to conceive are only about 20%.

    • Ima_Leftout says:

      Are you supposed to be saying those things on this site, , the Dr. In Philadelphia who was convicted ,is all too common in NYC. It is too easy to abort……again I am all for it. especially larger cities , NY, Chicago, LA, DC…..not Boston.. It reduces welfare, traffic and more unfortunates being born to the less informed. Perchance we should show what abortion is in real time to students along with condom demos, to which they ,obviously, do not pay attention.

  21. m8lsem says:

    Further indication that the Republican party’s louder spokespeople, from this fellow back to Mitt Romney, are substantially divorced from reality, living in a a cocoon of prior fabrications created by rich parents and reinforced by Faux Spews, Limbaugh et al.

  22. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    There’s really a war with the GOP War on women…It’s a war they know they have to win to return to their days of Wine and Roses….A War on Hillary Clinton. They don’t have a male bull from their party who can stand up to Hillary and they know it. Women in the US comprise 52% of the population. 50% of that population are educated, mostly self-supporting and financially independent. The 2% consist of kissups to Mchubby who is their only source of financial stability, DogPatch Daisy Maes dumber than donuts and women who have yet to discover you can be as successful as any man if you have the drive and ambition. Ask Hillary about that.

  23. Pamby50 says:

    I saw a video that will let a man experience childbirth. The two guys thought it would be a piece of cake. Afterwards the one guy said sorry to his mom for putting her through childbirth. Lets put every male who feels he should tell women what to do with their bodies, through that process. Afterwards, they just might change their mind.
    As for these silly men who believe rape has no consequences, what about the crazy states that give parental rights to these guys. Talk about torture. Enough already.

  24. Nick Rudolph says:

    I think that it is not so much about rape and abortion as it is about, “I’m smarter than you and need to tell you how to live.” And we all know the miscreants that are spouting this inane drivel do not have a clue. They wouldn’t know what responsibility was if it kicked them in the head. or a little lower.

  25. Lovefacts says:

    Ideologues never learn. Once again the GOP has proven it has no knowledge/understanding of the female body.

  26. Bah Humbug says:

    There are good and bad in both political parties, We need to throw political parties out the window and focus on the actual politicians and the politicians need to focus on their jobs not what their party says.

  27. midway54 says:

    I would offer that a notable historical political gaffe is the presence of this guy in the rightwing animal House of Representatives.

  28. Robert P. Robertson says:

    Despite the illusory and scientific explanations, just the word rape negates “any” explanation. Rape is rape. It is a violent act that violates anyone’s civil and human rights. There is no debate about it. If a woman is violated in such a way and a pregnancy happens as a result of it, she has the authority to determine what she wants to do with it. The victim of rape is scared by the savage act. Her life is altered by it. She is the one who has to walk around with that nightmarish memory. If a pregnancy unfortunately happens as a result of it, it is she who would have to carry that mental and physical horror. . . And it is she who has the authority to keep it or do away with it. . . I remember long ago, 1966, I encountered a group of four youths attempting to rape a girl. We were all of the same age group, and from hearing her screams and pleas, it touched something within me. I pulled her away from them and began to fight with all four youths until she was safely away. I took a beating that day, but that group of youths knew they were in a fight. More importantly, I had prevented a violent, inhumane act, but the psychological impact on that girl impaired her mentality. It took away her trust. It took away her sense of security and safety. It took away her ideals and her dreams of falling in love, of getting married, of making love, and of building a family. She was never the same after that, and the last time I saw her, she was completely delusional.

  29. Gromar says:

    Mr Franks please stop talking, the idea of “getting pregnant from a rape is small”, are you kidding me? Do you remember the three girls that were kidnapped and held for ten years until a neighbor heard her bangs and freed them? Those girls were rapped and tormented repeatedly, and the only one that was able to carry her’s to full term has to be reminded every single day of her life not only of that rape, but of being held captive. That memory; she will probably carry to her grave and every time she looks at her child she will be reminded of the monster that brought her into this world. You and the men in your party are despicable, so please just stop it.

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