Yet another Republican male representative has stuck his foot in it. This time, it was GOP Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona who made the outrageous claim that the pregnancy rate from rape is actually "very low." It's Todd Akin all over again (remember the guy who said women only get pregnant from "legitimate rape") and really calls into question the level of education these Republican lawmakers are achieving. How can anyone be this stupid?
The official number from RAINN (The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is that around 5 percent of rape victims also fall pregnant, but that number doesn't include unreported rapes and, even so, is WAY too high. Only 0 percent would be low enough to justify this idiot's comments. The reality is, at this point, saying things like this should be grounds for automatic dismissal. I am all for free speech, but I highly doubt anyone elected this guy knowing how stupid he is. And why is it ALWAYS Republicans? See below:
It's infuriating that a man like Franks (or Akin or any number of moronic people) thinks he represents women when he has openly said the "child" shouldn't be punished for the sins of the rapist. He says the rapist ought to be possibly given the death penalty and not the kid. What about the woman? Has anyone even mentioned her?
Isn't SHE the victim of rape, which, by the way, is a crime against her body? It's a crime when a man decides what is best for her body, forces himself upon her, and controls what happens inside her. And we want to allow nine months of that?
In no way would I fault a woman who chooses to carry a rapist's child to term. That is her choice. But that is exactly the issue at stake here. Choice.
Now, this bill in question would ban abortion after 20 weeks and Franks may even be right in the fact that typically a woman who is pregnant from rape may have obtained a legal abortion earlier. But what about those who haven't? Are they just out of luck and out of choices because they didn't figure it out soon enough? What about factoring in the denial, pain, and trauma that come from being raped? Taking a pregnancy test might not be at the forefront of a victim's thoughts.
It's not hard to imagine a scenario where the victim of a rape might still need to abort after 20 weeks, and the fact that Franks didn't even want to consider it means he isn't fit to represent women. Any of them. Even the ones who agree with him. Because rapists don't care what your politics are and someday it could be you without that choice.
Do you think Trent Franks will stay in office?