House revises abortion bill after rape comment controversy

  • Article by: JIM ABRAMS , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 14, 2013 - 5:12 PM

WASHINGTON — House Republicans have modified a tough anti-abortion bill to include exceptions for rape and incest after the GOP sponsor of the legislation raised a firestorm by declaring that very few rapes result in pregnancies.

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A440Jun. 14, 13 3:56 PM

Democrat logic: If you can't take it out on the perpetrator, or the victime, there's always the most innocent victim of all to murder in return for heinous crime.

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jbpaperJun. 14, 13 6:36 PM

Hey republicans, if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. There is no way this is going anywhere. Please please please go back to being fiscal conservatives so we don't end up with the dems in charge, which led to $2 billion in increased spending. We can't afford that.

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jleonardJun. 14, 13 6:41 PM

A440 so nice to see you're willing to raise these children born of rape and incest. Please post your address so we can begin routing them to your care.

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adliblogJun. 14, 13 7:13 PM

Those who once dismissed as feminist hysteria author Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," a work of speculative fiction written in 1985, must now acknowledge that it reads more like today's headlines when it comes to current GOP legislative initiatives. May it never achieve the status of prophecy. Because if it does most will never know it. Such subversive literature would certainly be banned by the new Theocratic Republic.

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crystalbayJun. 15, 1312:19 AM

I did some research on pregnancies resulting from rape and incest and was stunned to learn that there are as many as 50,000 babies born each year from these traumatic events. Guttmacher Institute estimated "only" 14,000. The figures are derived from calculating that 5% of all sexual couplings result in pregnancy whether forced or consensual. From there, as many as 80% of all rapes go unreported. The final figures are then extrapolated. The Republican politician who stated that this is "extremely rare" has no clue what he's talking about, IOW.

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texas_technomanJun. 15, 13 6:51 AM

GOP, smaller government....except for anything dealing with an individuals private life. Wasting more time passing something that they know will go no where. Good luck with that!

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eclectic51Jun. 15, 13 7:14 AM

Since this bill will never pass in the Senate, the Republicans are just wasting time (and money) and guaranteeing the loss of more women's votes. I guess they are just drumming up support and money from the Evangelicals. People want jobs bills, bridges built, etc. not more government involved in personal decisions.

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guessagainJun. 15, 13 7:47 AM

The GOP passes legislation that forces unwanted pregnancies on women and then cuts programs to help women raise and educate their children. Meanwhile they spend hundreds of billions on unwanted military programs and hardware. No wonder their base is comprised of only rich or uneducated males.

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862WapoJun. 15, 13 7:52 AM

I agree with the Republicans on this one...late term abortions should NEVER happen!!

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davewtcJun. 15, 13 8:30 AM

"Franks later revised his remark, saying he meant to say that later-term abortions rarely are the result of rapes..." Where DO they find such abject liars!

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