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GOP leaders quietly alter abortion bill to include exceptions for rape, incest

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The debate that landed Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) in hot water wound up being moot after all.

Franks at a hearing Wednesday made comments suggesting rape rarely results in pregnancy. The comment come as Franks and other Republicans argued against an amendment by Democrats that would have added rape and incest exceptions to Franks's bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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