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Rep. Trent Franks: Pregnancies from rape are rare

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Wading into delicate political territory, Rep. Trent Franks on Wednesday said the rate of pregnancy resulting from rape is “very low.”

The Arizona Republican made the comments during a House Judiciary Committee hearing as he pushes his bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, The Washington Post reported. He was contesting a Democratic amendment that would make exceptions for women whose pregnancy result from rape or incest.

The newspaper reported that Rep. Zoe Lofgren, California Democrat, said Mr. Franks’ claim was not backed by science and it was “astonishing” to hear another Republican link rape with women’s health issues.

Then-Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri Republican, lost his bid for a Senate seat last year after saying a woman’s body can thwart a pregnancy after a “legitimate rape.”

Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock lost to Democrat Joe Donnelly after saying that “even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

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