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Pat McMahon

When it comes to rape can we be chivalrous?

Arizona Congressman Trent Franks said his remarks were taken out of context.

That's the fallback phrase, you know. The escape hatch that public officials in both parties are using more and more for saying stupid things that will get them in trouble.

Rep. Franks on Wednesday chose to take his anti-abortion position a step too far when he added gynecology to his many specialties. While dismissing the need to give rape victims access to abortions after 20 weeks, Franks was quoted as saying, "The incidence of pregnancy resulting from rape is very low."

Really Dr. Franks? And where did you get that information? The Boys Guide to Forced Fertility?

Actual medical statistics dispute his conclusion. And, predictably, Franks attempted damage control by clarifying -- that is changing -- his original quote.

Should you think I'm being partisan in my criticism, Massachusetts Republican Gabriel Gomez called the statement moronic.

Hey, here's an idea! When it comes to opinions about rape, about incest and abortion issues, could we all be chivalrous and listen to ladies first?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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