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Texas Politician Believes Rape Kits Are A Form Of Abortion

It appears that Texas Republican Rep. Jodie Laubenberg is under the impression that rape kits performed on women in hospitals can prevent pregnancies.

1. The Texas House of Representative Monday passed legislation that includes a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

2. During the debate over the legislation, the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, compared emergency rape kits to dilation and curettage.


Joseph Segal

@joesegal

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3. Laubenberg shocked constituents when she said that rape kits were essentially the same thing as an abortion.

4. Laubenberg’s full comments on rape kits causing abortions, per the Associated Press:


“In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out. 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.”

5. Her comments have made her the subject of ridicule and outrage.


NARAL Pro-Choice TX

@naraltx

Oh our bad, it’s worse: Laubenberg thinks a rape kit is the same as an abortion. #txlege #HB60 #SB5

My mind is still reeling with wtf's over Jody Laubenberg's rape kit explanation.

— Shelly Lashley (@s_lashley)

Shelly Lashley

@s_lashley

My mind is still reeling with wtf’s over Jody Laubenberg’s rape kit explanation.

Rep. Jody Laubenberg. Elected by Texans for Texans. How sadly ignorant for an adult woman, a legislator, to say a rape kit ends pregnancy.

— Dennis (@TexCub)

Dennis

@TexCub

Rep. Jody Laubenberg. Elected by Texans for Texans. How sadly ignorant for an adult woman, a legislator, to say a rape kit ends pregnancy.

So, someone's going to run against Jodie "Rape Kit" Laubenberg, right? #txlege #sb5

— Andrea Greer (@nonsequiteuse)

Andrea Greer

@nonsequiteuse

So, someone’s going to run against Jodie “Rape Kit” Laubenberg, right? #txlege #sb5

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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