The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake reports (emphasis added):
Another Republican congressman ventured into the realm of rape and pregnancy Wednesday, saying at a committee hearing that incidences of pregnancy from rape are “very low.”
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.
“The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low,” Franks said.
Franks did not rest his case against an exception for late-term abortions in the case of rape because the number of pregnancies in such circumstances is small.
Franks said he opposed the amendment because 20 weeks into pregnancy and beyond a child is very developed. “The fundamental opposition here should be predicated on the notion that this child is going into the 6th month of pregnancy,” Franks said. At that point in pregnancy, a baby can feel physical pain and some can survive if born. After all, when babies can survive birth, it’s possible to “terminate” a pregnancy without killing a child (by delivering her).
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the ranking Democrat on the House judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, recently made the exact same argument as Franks regarding babies in the 7th month of pregnancy. Nadler has said that at that point there should only be a life and health of the mother exception after viability. “Other than for the life or health of the mother, no one’s going to defend a 7th-month abortion,” Nadler said recently. “The question is where you draw the line.” Franks’s bill draws it a month earlier.
Of course, these important nuances about abortions after the viability of the baby – regardless of the method of conception – were lost on the feminista victim class, who rushed to judgement by hyperventilating about another so-called ‘clueless’ male GOP politico who ‘doesn’t get it’ when it comes to rape and pregnancy. Never let the facts get in the way of a good ol’ fashioned left-wing manufactured feeding frenzy!