Last week, during a Town Hall meeting, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) was answering questions about banning abortion, when a voter asked him about exceptions for rape.
In response, Rep.Bartlett claimed that there were "very few pregnancies as a result of rape," but did not offer any statistical backup, reports ThinkProgress.org and Buzzfeed.com (video below).
Rep. Bartlett said: “There are very few pregnancies as a result of rape, fortunately, and incest, compared to the usual abortion, what is the percentage of abortions for rape? It is tiny. It is a tiny, tiny percentage. In terms of the percentage of pregnancies, percentage of abortions for rape as compared to overall abortions, it’s a tiny, tiny percentage."
“Most abortions, most abortions are for what purpose? The just don’t want to have a baby! The second reason for abortion is you’d like a boy and it’s a girl, or vice versa. And I know a lot of people are opposed to abortion who are pro-choice."