(Excerpt added – promoted by Colorado Pols)
Today, in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Franks (R-AZ) stated in committee the chances a woman will become pregnant from a rape is rare and therefore his bill banning all abortions after 20 weeks doesn't need a rape exception. He went on to say that rapes must be reported within 48 hours so someone who is 20 or more weeks pregnant couldn't use a rape exception anyway. Of course, his comments seem to reflect the Todd Akin view of women and their rights to control their bodies.
Franks, a social conservative first elected in 2002, objected to a Democratic amendment that would make exceptions in cases of rape and incest.
"The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low," Franks said, according to The Post…
Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, said the bigger issue is the intent of Franks' bill and not just his comments Wednesday.
"The Republican assault on women's rights and opportunities never seems to end," Schriock said in a statement. "They're supporting the same anti-woman policies that led voters to reject them during the last election, and trying to rebrand themselves with the hope that nobody will notice."
This is just the latest example of the Republican Party's never ending assault on women and their rights. The Republicans have blown two chances in the past two election cycles to take control of the U.S. Senate and the White House in 2012 based in large part on their blunt and politically damaging views about women. It looks like they are going to make the 2014 election cycle the third one in a row. Many people have commented that someone should take the shovel out of their hands but the Republican Party seems to be digging the hole with a backhoe.
You forgot to mention that the committee is all male. Seriously. It still doesn't strike these troglodytes that, even from just a PR we're trying to appeal to more women point of view, it wouldn't kill them to include some women. And they are still repeating that nonsense that rape is less likely to result in pregnancy than consensual unprotected sex.
So far they've made clear that they aren't at all interested in appealing to African Americans beyond the tiny percentage who are already in their camp or to Hispanic Americans with anything but an attempt at sounding nicer but not nice enough to upset their bigot base. Add women to the list of groups that today's GOP is scared to death to even try to appeal to if it means risking any degree of offense to their moron wing which soon will be all that they're left with and, much as they still cling to the belief that the public is stupid enough to buy anything, simply isn't big enough to counter the inevitability of changing demographics going forward.
Weren't they supposed to be attracting women with their economic message? Lame as that discredited message is, when is the last time anybody even heard it above the din of this kind of crap?
I like the guy in Maine who says men's brains are more focussed on health care costs, so Maine should give up millions in Medicaid funding. I can't think of a single interpretation that would make that not sound vaguely anti-female. Oh, and it's too late in the day for the Groper to be around to tell how it's not sexist at all. Ah, well.
To paraphrase the immortal Thumper: "If you can't say something
nicesmart, don't say anything at all."