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Published: Thursday, June 13 2013 9:05 a.m. MDT

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American Fork, UT

These old republican guys keep getting into trouble when trying to neutralise the discussion of sexual assault in the abortion debate. You think they'd learn.


A much needed explanation. There is too much mindless and immediate jumping on people who believe in the right to life, making people an offender for a word out of place.

Eagle Mountain, UT

What is it with Republicans and their fascination with rape pregnancy? On one hand they say it is very rare, but it's a topic they cannot leave alone.

Huntsville, UT

Men should just stay out of the abortion debate, it is something between a woman and her doctor.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

"There is too much mindless and immediate jumping on people who believe in the right to life, making people an offender for a word out of place."

1. Todd Akin: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down”
2. Clayton Williams: “If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it”
3. Chuck Winder: “I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.”


Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

4. Ken Buck: “A jury could very well conclude that this is a case of buyer’s remorse … It appears to me … you invited him over… the appearance is of consent.”
5. Rick Santorum: “I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you… rape victims should make the best of a bad situation.”

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

I watched CNN's "coverage" of this issue this morning. They cut off Franks comment, taking it out of context.

then they played the dem rep's response, which was a lie.

"everyone should stay out of the domestic violence debate - it is something between a man and his property." Pretty despicable attitude toward a womn, isn't it?

That is essentially the attitude you are expressing toward the child the woman carries.

Saint George, UT

I watched FOX's "coverage" of this issue.

FOX did not cut off Franks attempt to clarify his comment.

Franks said "incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low."

FOX gave the Democrats an opportunity to respond.

I found the whole piece Fair and Balanced.


No way.


Umm - if you phrase something poorly so that what you say is not what you meant, people responding to what you actually said is not taking your comment out of context.

If you do not say what you mean, than you have misspoken - the fault lies with you, not those who respond to your actual comments.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

And repubs wonder why no women vote for them? Sheesh!

Democrats don't need to do or say anything. They just need to merely sit back and watch the GOP destroy itself. They choke worse than Ty Corbin trying to draw up a last second shot!

Taylorsville, UT

Still trying to make women totally submissive to men or want full control of them as subjects, instead of being concerned with their safety and welfare. If it wasn't for mom, we all would not be here. Moms need to be given utmost respect and not be ridiculed.

Ogden, UT

Franks' problem is NOT that he was taken out of contact. His problem is the fact that he wasn't taken out of context -- people were able to see exactly what he said and exactly what he meant. In the process he not only put his foot in his mouth, he shoved it halfway down his throat. As a long-term Republican, I truly hate to see the Party work so hard to destroy itself the way it is doing. I keep hoping that "it" will see the error of its ways, and work to return to the mainstream where it should be.

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