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.

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

This is what Democracy looks like! RT| @CecileRichards Check out the amazing folks| in Texas about #SB5. #txlege

Joseph Segal

@joesegal

This is what Democracy looks like! RT| @CecileRichards Check out the amazing folks| in Texas about #SB5. #txlege

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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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