GOP rep. says health bill will create 'largest expansion of abortion' in U.S.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said that if Democratic healthcare reform becomes law, it will engender the "largest largest expansion of abortion in the United States since Roe v. Wade."

Franks made his remarks while touting an alternative bill sponsored by fellow Arizona Republican Rep. John Shadegg that was introduced in mid-July.

The bill provides refundable tax credits to defray medical costs amongst other reforms, but is not expected to receive further consideration.

"You know, one of the side issues that nobody pays any attention to, this healthcare plan will be the largest expansion of aboriton in the United States since Roe v. Wade, " Franks said on Fox News on Sunday. "Only this time it will be paid for taxpayer dollars."

"People don't see that as healthacare," he added.

The fourth-term Republican also claimed that the Democratic health insurance reform bill would strip people of "control" over their healthcare.