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Texas Legislator Claims Rape Kits Are A Form Of Abortion

Posted by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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Texas Legislator Claims Rape Kits Are A Form Of Abortion

In the midst of all the chaos on Sunday night as the Texas legislature pushed through a series of stringent restrictions on abortion and women’s health, it was easy to miss what might have been the most inaccurate and dangerous claim of the evening: One state representative tried to argue on the State House floor that rape kits are a form of abortion.

Texas Rep. Jody Laubenberg (R) sponsored several anti-abortion measures currently making their way to the Governor’s desk. Taken together, they would shut down the vast majority of the state’s women’s health clinics and criminalize abortions after 20 weeks. But in reasoning out why she did not support an exemption for rape victims in the 20-week ban, Laubenberg betrayed a woeful lack of information on the procedures a victim of rape undergoes — namely, the “rape kit,” which is used to collect data on the assailant and in no way relates to pregnancy:

When Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, called for an exemption for women who were victims of rape and incest, Rep. Jody Laubenberg, R-Parker, explained why she felt it was unnecessary.

“In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out,” she said, comparing the procedure to an abortion. “The woman had five months to make that decision, at this point we are looking at a baby that is very far along in its development.”

The remark about rape kits, which is not accurate, sparked widespread ridicule on social media sites. Laubenberg, who has difficulty debating bills, then simply rejected all proposed changes to her bill without speaking until the end of the debate.

Rape kits are used to collect DNA evidence from the bodies of rape victims; after a victim enters a hospital, staff collect bodily fluid, residue under the victim’s nails, and any blood or hair samples that could be relevant for an investigation. Rape kits are in no way equivalent to an abortion.

Though it doesn’t sound likely from her comments, Laubenberg may have meant that some hospitals administer Plan B to rape victims. Plan B stops fertilization of an egg, and is also not equivalent to an abortion — though it does at least relate to reproduction, unlike rape kits.

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SuperChicken
by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM

smh.  And this is a woman.   Bad enough when men are complete morons regarding female reproductive issues, but a woman?  

lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM

sigh

Piskie
by Bronze Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM
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Good lord.. someone that stupid has political power? That's scary.....
GLWerth
by Gina on Jun. 24, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Scary, but not unexpected.

Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM
And she is a elected official at that. Smh dummy
lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Scary and I DO expect our elected officials to know the basics behind a rape kit and the purpose it serves. Sorry, this legislator's claim really annoys me. 


Quoting GLWerth:

Scary, but not unexpected.



GLWerth
by Gina on Jun. 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM
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I just don't expect any story that begins with "Texas Legislator" to have any touchpoints with reality.

It disgusts me, but that it doesn't surprise me. If that makes sense.

I'm sure there are great legislators from Texas, but they tend not to get much media coverage.

Quoting lizzielouaf:

Scary and I DO expect our elected officials to know the basics behind a rape kit and the purpose it serves. Sorry, this legislator's claim really annoys me. 

 

Quoting GLWerth:

Scary, but not unexpected.

 

 


 

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

these assholes never let ignorance stand in their way, do they? 

lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 1:16 PM

When I come across people like this woman, it's difficult for me to form sentences. I just make a series of unintelligible sounds and end it with an ahhhhhhhhhrg STUPID HEAD.


Quoting GLWerth:

I just don't expect any story that begins with "Texas Legislator" to have any touchpoints with reality.

It disgusts me, but that it doesn't surprise me. If that makes sense.

I'm sure there are great legislators from Texas, but they tend not to get much media coverage.

Quoting lizzielouaf:

Scary and I DO expect our elected officials to know the basics behind a rape kit and the purpose it serves. Sorry, this legislator's claim really annoys me. 


Quoting GLWerth:

Scary, but not unexpected.







LuvmyAiden
by Silver Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 1:24 PM

What an idiot. While I agree that abortion after 20 weeks should not happen outside of medical neccessity I don't agree with shutting down clinics that offer services other than abortion. That is counter productive.

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