Video: Rep. Roscoe Bartlett Claims "Very Few Pregnancies as a Result of Rape"

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."


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