Throughout the American right wing’s “war on women,” we have heard many horrifying statements revealing just how little certain legislators understand about science, “legitimate rape,” and a woman’s anatomy. Here’s another one for the books.
As you may know, Texas lawmakers are currently debating a bold anti-abortion bill called SB 5 that, if passed, would close down 37 of the massive state’s 42 abortion clinics. In addition to criminalizing all abortions after 20 weeks, the bill seeks to impose costly and medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers, forcing most of them out of existence and effectively banning abortion in most of Texas.
With such a sweeping piece of anti-choice legislation at play, you might think its sponsors woud bring their A-game to the table and at least pretend like they understand the basic science of “How is babby formed? How girl get pragnent?” And you would be a naiive alien from Mars who has never heard of Todd Akin.
When debating whether survivors of rape and incest deserve an exemption from the ban, state representative Jodie Laubenberg, herself a woman, said she doesn’t think that’s necessary, because isn’t that what rape kits are for? Via The AP (emphasis mine):
“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.
You read that right: one of the people who currently gets to regulate women’s access to healthcare has confused a rape kit—a medical procedure designed to collect physical evidence of a crime from victims’ bodies—with a D+C procedure, or at least a simple layman’s understanding of one. Fuuuuuuuck.
While it’s tempting to make fun of this dim-witted theocrat’s extreme ignorance on very basic topics relating her own fucking bill, the odious thing passed the House 97-33 after Republicans forced a vote and Senate democrats are already talking about resorting to a filibuster to try to block it, so I’m not laughing yet. The more I hear from the anti-choice side of the aisle, the more I think lawmakers should have to pass a test on sexual assault, consent, and all the topics covered in 8th grade sex ed to be allowed anywhere near this issue.
Here is a low quality video clip of Laubenberg’s remarks: