Texas Republican Thinks Rape-Kits “Clean Out” Pregnant Victims Of Rape And Incest

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Texas, the state which gave us George W Bush, Rick Perry, and Friday Night Lights (ok, that one is pretty good), just passed one of the nation’s most wide-ranging packages of abortion restrictions on Monday that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, require abortion doctors to have admitting privleges at nearby hospitals and limit the practice of abortions to surgical centers. In short, Texas is making it impossible for 37 out of the states 42 abortion clinics to exist. Advocates (Republicans) claim that the measure will improve women’s health, while opponents (most Democrats) argue that making access to safe abortion nearly inaccessible can only lead to undue harm for women in the state. The package has to pass the state’s senate, then Gov. Rick Perry’s desk. But let’s be honest here: it’s Texas, it’ll pass.

During the grueling debate on this issue Sunday night, Rep. Jody Laubenberg, R-Parker — the bill’s sponsor — got herself into some trouble when she responded to Democrat Rep. Senfronia Thompson’s call for an exemption for women who were victims of rape and incest by arguing that such an exemption is unnecessary since women get “cleaned out” with “rape-kits”:

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.”

Her apparent confusion about “rape kits” — a phrase generally used to describe the equipment used by medical personnel during forensic examinations to gather physical evidence following allegations of rape or sexual assault — sparked widespread ridicule on social media sites. Laubenberg then simply rejected all proposed changes to her bill without speaking until the end of the debate.

Sigh…Republicans.

(Photo by flickr user Elvert Barnes)

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