Female staffers of Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) reportedly believe that the congressman wanted to personally impregnate them in order to have children. His staffers said Franks' history made it unlikely that he would approve of 'in-vitro fertilization', a medical procedure that Franks had previously linked to abortion. With in-vitro fertilization, embryos that are not used are typically discarded after a certain period of time, something that Franks equates to murder.
The sources said Franks approached two female staffers about acting as a potential surrogate for him and his wife, who has struggled with fertility issues for years. But the aides were concerned that Franks was asking to have sexual relations with them. It was not clear to the women whether he was asking about impregnating the women through sexual intercourse or in vitro fertilization. Franks opposes abortion rights as well as procedures that discard embryos.