Every time a lawmaker says they think that rape will not result in pregnancy (remember Todd Akin?) I am absolutely baffled. And, of course, with Trent Franks, it’s happened again.
A bill to ban abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy — when some theorize a fetus can feel pain — made its way out of the House Judiciary Committee, but not before another GOP lawmaker put his foot in his mouth about rape. Arguing against committee Democrats’ proposed exception for women pregnant from rape or incest, Arizona’s Representative Trent Franks (who is also the bill’s main sponsor) said that “the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.” Before the votes were cast, the media inducted Franks into the brotherhood of gaffe-felled Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock.
Look, the baffling thing here is not that a GOP lawmaker has said something stupid. That happens all the time. We all know that happens all the time. It’s unfortunate, but we’re getting a bit used to it. The remarkable thing is that anyone well educated seems so convinced that women get to pick when they want to get pregnant. If this were actually the case, there would be no infertile women, either. There would just be women popping out babies the minute they decided it would be fun to have a baby.
That is not how bodies work.
Unless you are some manner of superheroine, or witch.
Lawmakers, please stop pretending that we live in a world where every woman has a nearly magical level of power over their body. Try to have a magical level of control over your brain.
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