GOP Rep. Trent Franks Pulls An Akin? ‘The Incidence Of Rape Resulting In Pregnancy Are Very Low’ (AUDIO)

During a House judiciary hearing Wednesday, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) echoed the fateful statements about “legitimate rape” by Republican senate nominee Todd Akin that effectively killed his campaign last year. Arguing in favor of his own bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, Franks reportedly said, “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”

Franks used this theory, which has been repeatedly disproved–one study estimated over 32,000 pregnancies from rape every year in the U.S.–to reject some colleagues’ suggestions that his abortion bill requires exceptions for rape and abortion. “When you make that exception,” he said, “there’s usually a requirement to report the rape within 48 hours. 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 for such an amendment.”

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) responded to Franks by referencing the similar comments made by Akin. “I just find it astonishing to hear a phrase repeated that the incidence of pregnancy from rape is low,” Lofgren said. “There’s no scientific basis for that. And the idea that the Republican men on this committee can tell the women of America that they have to carry to term the product of a rape is outrageous.”

UPDATED with audio below (2:45pm ET):

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