Arizona Congressman: Low rate of pregnancy from rape - New York News

Arizona Congressman: Low rate of pregnancy from rape

Posted: Updated:
Arizona Rep. Trent Franks (R - 8th District) Arizona Rep. Trent Franks (R - 8th District)

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House Republican drew a sharp response during debate on an abortion bill when he said that the number of pregnancies resulting from rape is very low.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., later sought to clarify his remark, saying he intended to say that later-term abortions linked to pregnancies caused by rape are infrequent.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, where Franks made his original comment, quickly compared it to the statement made by former Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., that women's bodies can avoid pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." Akin's 2012 campaign for a Senate seat in Missouri foundered after the comment.

Franks' original comment Wednesday was: "The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low."

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said that assertion was not based on scientific fact and Rep. Jerrold Nadler cited several studies that found that rape results in higher levels of unintended pregnancies. The committee was debating, and later approved, a Franks-sponsored bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancies.

His comment came when Democrats proposed an amendment to make an exception to that ban in the case of rape or incest. Franks said that what he meant to say was that abortions occurring after the beginning of the sixth month of pregnancy, which would be prohibited under his legislation, rarely are the result of rapes.

Related stories:

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Weather conditions ripe for brush fires in NJ

    Weather conditions ripe for brush fires in NJ

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:08 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:08:34 GMT
    Forecasters have issued a red flag warning and fire weather watch for most of New Jersey.
    Forecasters have issued a red flag warning and fire weather watch for most of New Jersey.
  • NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:23 AM EDT2014-04-23 10:23:11 GMT
    A NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
    A NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
  • Caesars enters New York casino competition

    Caesars enters New York casino competition

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:52:22 GMT
    Caesars Entertainment entered the competition to open a casino in upstate New York on Tuesday with a proposal to build a $750 million complex 50 miles north of New York City. The complex would include a casino, a hotel and a meeting space and would be located in Woodbury, in Orange County. The Las Vegas-based Caesars, which operates 52 casinos around the world, has submitted a $1 million casino license application fee to state gambling regulators.
    Caesars Entertainment entered the competition to open a casino in upstate New York on Tuesday with a proposal to build a $750 million complex 50 miles north of New York City. The complex would include a casino, a hotel and a meeting space and would be located in Woodbury, in Orange County. The Las Vegas-based Caesars, which operates 52 casinos around the world, has submitted a $1 million casino license application fee to state gambling regulators.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices