Rep. Trent Franks to resign from Congress over surrogacy discussions with staff

Rep. Trent Franks to resign from Congress over surrogacy discussions with staff
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[Ed. – Special pleading from Franks, or a tacit indictment of the explosive atmosphere on Capitol Hill?  Only you can decide.  Franks’ letter doesn’t seem to mention something that other reporting indicates: that he may have asked the staffers he spoke with to be pregnancy surrogates.]

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) released a statement Thursday announcing his resignation from Congress, citing a conversation involving surrogacy that made female staffers uncomfortable.

The House Ethics Committee is reviewing the incident, Franks wrote, saying that in the current climate he would rather spare himself and his loved ones the “public excoriation” that would involve and will be leaving Congress as of January 31, 2018.

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My wife and I have long struggled with infertility. We experienced three miscarriages. …

Due to my familiarity and experience with the process of surrogacy, I clearly became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others.

I have recently learned that the Ethics Committee is reviewing an inquiry regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable.

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