Ariz. congressman: 'The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low'
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks By Jennifer Thomas
PHOENIX -- Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, who is pushing for a bill to further limit abortions, claimed Wednesday that women who are raped rarely get pregnant.
"The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low," The Washington Post reported Franks saying during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.
The Arizona Republican continued: "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, whose bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks, made his comments as Democrats on the committee tried to include an exception for victims of rape and incest.
Franks is the latest Republican to wade into the issue of rape and pregnancy. Last year, then-Sen. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) suggested that women can prevent pregnancies from happening after a "legitimate rape."
The claim is not backed by science and Akin later apologized.