Rep. Trent Franks: ‘Predna’ would ‘blow a fatal hole in Roe v. Wade’

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Friday, March 18, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Image by Matt MahurinFrederick Douglass Foundation Chairman Timothy F. Johnson opened the second day of the conservative group’s annual leadership summit with some words of admonishment for the mostly black Republicans in attendance.

“We talk too much and do too little,” he told the audience of about 40, who gathered Friday at the Metro Center Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., to hear several panel discussions mostly on the subject of restoring family values within the African-American community. “People in this room talk a lot about Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood supports candidates. … They put money in these congressmens’ pockets. We have to do the same thing.”

As an example, he pointed to Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) — who has stated ambitions to run for the Senate — who for two years has unsuccessfully pushed a federal bill that would criminalize abortions found to be based on gender or race, and who happened to be Friday’s keynote speaker and a sponsor of the FDF leadership event.

“We can help Trent Franks,” Johnson said. “He is a trailblazer.”

Franks, who was recently called out by a Media Matters Action Network blogger for saying that more African-Americans have been killed because of abortion than during slavery, defended his comments Friday, renewing his argument that Planned Parenthood wants to “wipe out the black community” and calling abortion a “silent genocide.”

“Abortion has taken more African-American lives than slavery did,” Franks said, once again.

His bill, the Susan B. Anthony Frederick Douglass Prenatal Discrimination Act, or “Predna” for short, would effectively turn abortion into a discrimination issue and be inserted into the Civil Rights Act of 1964. A state version of the bill passed the Arizona House 41-18 in February and is now in committee in the state Senate. Other states have introduced similar legislation.

“[This bill] establishes that unborn children are persons, too,” Franks said. “It might blow a fatal hole in Roe v. Wade. … Even Hillary Clinton says it’s a good idea.”

“Take this to your state,” Franks said before closing his speech with words from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. “Find some people that would be credible and introduce this.”

Comments

31 Comments

Delawarewc
Comment posted March 18, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

the rule of abortion was ruled on forty years; stop beating a dead horse. Stop putting your religion in play with your political views.


David R. Schmidt
Comment posted March 19, 2011 @ 12:24 am

Public opinion is turning. Young people are the most pro-life demographic now and the recent polls by Gallup, etc show more pro-life than pro-choice people now. I think things are just beginning in terms of this debate.


G8lover
Comment posted March 19, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

Just because we ‘ruled’ on a matter 40 years ago, does not make the ruling correct or moral! The Creator of us all takes care of each living soul in the universe and He has commanded us to stop killing our babies!


Anonymous
Comment posted March 19, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

I notice the anti abortion folks, including these black ones are not against wars that kill tens of thousands of people; GOD DOES NOT LIKE HIPOCRITS


Anonymous
Comment posted March 19, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE WAR? HOW ABOUT STOP KILLING ADULTS??!!


Anonymous
Comment posted March 19, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

You are wrong, the pro choice voice is not as hysterical as the antichoice hypocrits


YIRMASTER
Comment posted March 20, 2011 @ 1:20 am

I like when Liberals who cannot defend their positions revert to slandering others and calling names instead. Don’t be stupid, nobody likes war and the insinuation is a ridiculous one. Republicans are not pro-war they are however willing to fight for what they believe in and in defense of the weak and their allies so what’s wrong with that.

This is the new rhetoric I’ve been seeing distributed on the blogs lately by liberals is just an unsubstantiated ridiculous comment that republicans are hypocrites because many of them are pro-life and pro-war, I would beg to differ and rephrase it that republicans are anti-abortion or against killing the unborn and willing to fight for their principals.

Liberal word play is a disease that runs ramped and left unchecked will continue to ruin our nation.


YIRMASTER
Comment posted March 20, 2011 @ 1:20 am

I like when Liberals who cannot defend their positions revert to slandering others and calling names instead. Don’t be stupid, nobody likes war and the insinuation is a ridiculous one. Republicans are not pro-war they are however willing to fight for what they believe in and in defense of the weak and their allies so what’s wrong with that.

This is the new rhetoric I’ve been seeing distributed on the blogs lately by liberals is just an unsubstantiated ridiculous comment that republicans are hypocrites because many of them are pro-life and pro-war, I would beg to differ and rephrase it that republicans are anti-abortion or against killing the unborn and willing to fight for their principals.

Liberal word play is a disease that runs ramped and left unchecked will continue to ruin our nation.


YIRMASTER
Comment posted March 20, 2011 @ 1:23 am

Why are you point out these upstanding republicans as “These black ones”? sounds to me like racism is still alive and well among democrats.


YIRMASTER
Comment posted March 20, 2011 @ 1:24 am

Yeah, don’t fight for anyone because the bully might get hurt…. No logic there!


YIRMASTER
Comment posted March 20, 2011 @ 1:24 am

Yeah, don’t fight for anyone because the bully might get hurt…. No logic there!


YIRMASTER
Comment posted March 20, 2011 @ 1:25 am

You obviously hate babies so stop crying so darn much. If you have a position debate it with some legitimate facts and figures.


Rockhadsaook
Comment posted March 20, 2011 @ 3:06 pm

Yeah~~~~ OK, This is the new rhetoric I’ve been seeing distributed on the blogs lately by liberals is just an unsubstantiated ridiculous comment that republicans are hypocrites because many of them are pro-life and pro-war, I would beg to differ and rephrase it that republicans are anti-abortion or against killing the unborn and willing to fight for their principals.

Liberal word play is a disease that runs ramped and left unchecked will continue to ruin our nation. http://www.antishoembtshop.com/


Anonymous
Comment posted March 23, 2011 @ 11:46 am

Stopping abortion is an easy fix! Teach sex education in schools, let boys have access to condoms and girls to birth control. Stop talking about sex like it is a nasty no no. HIV rates would drop and unplanned pregnacies would be a thing of the past! Get this MEN AND WOMAN WILL HAVE SEX!! THEY HAVE FOPR THOUSANDS OF YEARS!! It is what we do!!


Anonymous
Comment posted March 23, 2011 @ 11:47 am

Yerah just like stupidity is rampant among the uneducated republicans, and you are a prime example


Anonymous
Comment posted March 23, 2011 @ 11:48 am

Don’t want an abortin don’t have one! Why do you think that you can control a womans decision?


Anonymous
Comment posted March 23, 2011 @ 11:49 am

You are a fool! Where did you pull those numbers from your butt??


Anonymous
Comment posted March 23, 2011 @ 11:50 am

So when have you held a sex education class?? Handed out condoms?? Driven girls to health departments for check-ups?? Till you do that you have NO DOG IN THIS FIGHT!


tiredoftherhetoric
Comment posted March 23, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

Here is the bottom line. If Roe v Wade were to be overturned poor women will die. I will repeat this, poor women will die. Women of means will find a doctor or go a to a country to get the procedure done properly. Poor women will resort to back alley procedures that will cost them their lives. This is class and gender warfare.


tiredoftherhetoric
Comment posted March 23, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

Here is the bottom line. If Roe v Wade were to be overturned poor women will die. I will repeat this, poor women will die. Women of means will find a doctor or go a to a country to get the procedure done properly. Poor women will resort to back alley procedures that will cost them their lives. This is class and gender warfare.


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Scott
Comment posted March 27, 2011 @ 6:03 am

FROMNORTHCAROLINA:

Nonsense!
It is not required that one drive “blank” to “blank” to do “blank” before one is permitted to hold an opinion.

We are all entitled to our opinions and we are all permitted to voice our opinions whether or not we take physical action on them.

Claiming that only those who actually act on their opinions have the right to speak disenfranchises the vast majority of citizens who quietly work their jobs but also care deeply about the management of the rest of the world.

If we draw breath, we do indeed have dogs in fights around the entire world.


Scott
Comment posted March 27, 2011 @ 6:18 am

When did this “Creator” ever command anybody to stop killing babies?
Have you even opened your Bible? It is filled with stories of Yahweh commanding that humans kill all of the enemies that Yahweh tells them to kill, sometimes with the exception of virgin girls. Those members of conquered tribes don’t have to be killed. Yahweh permits them become “wives” of the conquerers (that means rape, in case it’s not obvious).
When Yahweh is not commanding humans to commit genocide, Yahweh steps in and commits mass murder (the Flood, Exodus, etc. etc. etc.).

Read the Bible. It is horrific.
Yahweh does NOT say that abortion is wrong. Yahweh is all about killing.


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Anonymous
Comment posted March 30, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

The wordplay introduced by your ilk have created a nation of woes. If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t have one, but get your belief system off my and everyone else’s body. And keep your nose in your own bedroom.


ladygeek
Comment posted April 2, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

I noticed how you referred to Republicans but didn’t use the word Democrats and instead were labeled as “liberals”. This continues to show that the right continues to name call. And, btw, why are defense contractors called Republicans if they are not war mongers? I’m sick of how the right continues to fund weapons products instead of programs that actually help the efforts of Democrats’ to move away from a defense economy. War productions don’t produce anything except killing people you don’t like. Didn’t you take Economics 1? Remember “guns vs. butter”? I suggest you go back and take that course over again.


ladygeek
Comment posted April 2, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

Would you please take your religion off my body? Why don’t you righties stay on your side of the street if you can’t play well with others?


Anonymous
Comment posted April 6, 2011 @ 4:38 am

Oh yes, we see how Republicans are so ready to defend what they belief in- especially when they send other people kids off to war but they fight tooth and nail to keep their own kids out of it. Just like Bush did- a safe in country National Guard Unit. There are more Democrats with kids and relatives in danger zones than Republicans. The Republicans keep theirs stateside or out of the military completely.


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