Franks: The 'taxpayer-funded abortion lobby is attacking me'

Rep. Trent Franks sent out a fundraising email citing opposition to his stance on abortion from the "taxpayer-funded abortion lobby" a few days after the Arizona Republican said that the incidence of pregnancy from rape is "very low."

"NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the taxpayer-funded abortion lobby is attacking me for one reason — I’m 100 percent unapologetically pro-life and I won’t back down," Franks writes in the email, obtained by the Arizona Republic. "Will you contribute $25, $50, $100, or even $500 right now to help me fight back?"

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On Wednesday, during a House markup of his late-term abortion bill, Franks said, "the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low." That comment sparked strong criticism from Democrats, who said Frank's comments are the latest example of a "war on women."

Democrats also eagerly compared Frank's statement to that of former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), who previously said the female body has ways of shutting down pregnancies that are the result of rape. White House press secretary Jay Carney said the White House took "great issue" with Franks's early remarks.

Franks responded to the criticism saying his comments were taken out of context. In the letter, Franks said he has become the top target of "abortionists."

"Now they will spend whatever it takes to destroy me, remove me from Congress, and stop me from protecting any more unborn children," he continued in the fundraising email.

He's previously said he meant that late-term abortions performed on victims of rape are infrequent.