Texas lawmakers are attempting to pass one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The proposal, which has just passed the state House of Representatives, will ban abortions after 20 weeks, require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, and restrict abortions to surgical centers. Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston called for an exemption for victims of rape or incest, but Rep. Jody Laubenberg, R-Parker, declared that to be unnecessary, because she has a cure for the pesky rape babies:
“In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out.”
Laubenberg’s stunningly obtuse understanding of science and the function of “rape kits” does not preclude her ability to decide public policy for the great state of Texas and its inhabitants. The restrictive measures set forth in this proposal will virtually outlaw abortion across the state, as similar measures have done in other states. If the measure passes the Senate, it will forwarded to the desk of Governor Rick Perry, where presumably it will be signed into law.