But, as Arizona Republican Trent Franks is learning, once it’s out there, it’s out there.
The House Judiciary Committee was holding a hearing on his bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks, including those resulting from rape and incest.
During the hearing Franks said ‘incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.’
But now he says that statement was taken out context. Let’s see:
‘Before, when my friends on the left-side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest a subject because you know — the incidents of rape and pregnancy are very low. But, when you make that exception, when you make that exception, there is usually a requirement to report the rape within 48 hours. And in this case, it’s impossible because this is in the 6th month of gestation.’
No wonder he needed to revise his remarks.
He says he intended to say later-term abortions linked to pregnancies caused by rape are infrequent.
Well, that pretty much clears things up. Or not.