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Why do Republicans insist on making dumb comments about rape?


Well, folks, we made it eight whole days without an idiotic comment on rape from a Republican politician.

Alas, the streak is over:

Rep. Trent Franks (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.

“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.

Franks continued: “But 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 for such an amendment.”


Naturally, Democrats on the committee used Franks' comments as another opportunity to invoke the name Todd Akin and the unholy words "legitimate rape."

“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.”

Franks' comments come just days after GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss blamed "hormones" for military sexual assault cases and Sen. John McCain warned that women should avoid military service until such cases can be prevented.

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