Not again! Another Republican politician says something stupid about rape!


When will THESE GUYS ever learn?

Another Republican congressman ventured into the realm of rape and pregnancy Wednesday, saying at a committee hearing that incidences of pregnancy from rape are “very low.”

Rep. Trent Franks [above] (R-Ariz.), whose measure banning abortions after 20 weeks was being considered in the House Judiciary Committee, argued against a Democratic amendment to make exceptions for rape and incest by suggesting that pregnancy from rape is rare.


Democrats on the committee, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), responded by pointing to similar comments made by then-Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) in his 2012 Senate campaign. Akin suggested that the female body can prevent pregnancy from occurring after a “legitimate rape” — a claim that is not backed up by scientific research and for which Akin apologized.

“I just find it astonishing to hear a phrase repeated that the incidence of pregnancy from rape is low,” Lofgren said. “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.”


 A 2003 study from St. Lawrence University actually found that pregnancy results from rape significantly more often it does in other cases.

A 2011 study from San Francisco State University found that, in Colombia, “female youth who have experienced sexual violence report significantly higher levels of unintended pregnancy and unmet need for contraception and lower levels of current modern contraceptive use compared to those who have not experienced sexual violence.”



  1. Brian Opsahl

    For a party that claims to want Government out of you life….they sure do like telling the Ladys what,when,and who the do….don’t they…!!

    What is there obsession with Rape anyway…

  2. Steverino

    Once again conservative men try to decide what’s best for women. If they could get pregnant their ridiculous statements would change overnight.

  3. expdoc

    Unless of course you believe the developing fetus is an innocent human life that deserves to be protected.

  4. Brian Opsahl

    Men ….would have so many abortions if they could bare a child…and we all know it…Doc.

    We (men) have absolutly no right to tell our Ladys the who,what or where they have in there private lives …unless its your own seed you have NO right at all…

  5. Brian Opsahl

    What is the fasination with republians and RAPE…? and why wont they stand behind their women…?

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