Rep. Trent Franks got a warm welcome from conservatives Thursday night following a rough day in which he was criticized for saying that the rate of pregnancies resulting from rape is "very low" during a debate on an anti-abortion bill he sponsored.
According to Politico
, the Arizona Republican made a few more candid comments at a reception connected to the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington, partly blaming himself for the remark that had Democrats drawing comparisons to former GOP Rep. Todd Akins "legitimate rape" statement that sunk his Senate campaign last year.
"Sometimes we get a little discouraged, " Franks told conservatives gathered in a Senate meeting room at the Capitol. "Believe me, I'll tell you what, I've been through a spin dryer here in the last 48 hours and I wish I hadn't assisted them so much to that end.
"But somehow in the long run, truth and time travel the same road. And we are very blessed that the Lord that we serve will prevail in the final analysis no matter what."
Franks was referring to his statement that "the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low," which he made in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on his bill
to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
What he meant, he said later, is that "pregnancies from rape that result in abortion after the beginning of the sixth month are very rare."
In brief comments to the coalition crowd, he reflected on his effort to curb abortions and other work being done by conservatives in Congress. Citing Daniel Webster's quotation that America is a "miracle" that occurs only once in 6,000 years, he said, "I truly believe America is God's gift to the whole world, and that what we do at places like this will decide whether America continues to be the beacon of freedom for the planet.
"So the responsibility is profound beyond my ability to articulate it," he added, "but I want you to know that we still serve that high and lofty one that inhabits eternity."
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