GOP Congressman: Pregnancy Rate From Rape Is ‘Very Low’

“The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low,” Franks said, as quoted by the Washington Post.

“When you make that exception, there’s usually a requirement to report the rape within 48 hours,” he said. “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 of such an amendment.”

The Arizonan was referring to an amendment by Democrats to add an exception for pregnancies that result from rape and incest. The GOP-led panel rejected that amendment.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) called Franks’ remark “astonishing” and lacking in scientific basis.

Watch video of the remark below: 

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