Texas Rep. Jodie Laubenberg Argued Against A Rape Exemption To An Abortion Ban By Claiming Rape Kits Are Where A “Woman Can Get Cleaned Out” To Avoid Pregnancy.
According to Time, “When Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, called for an exemption for women who were victims of rape and incest, Rep. Jodie 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.” [Time, 6/24/13]