Texas State Rep: 'In The Emergency Room, They Have What's Called Rape Kits, Where A Woman Can Get Cleaned Out'


Per Karoli's earlier post, I had to hear with my own ears if what was being reported was true. Here is what Rep. Jodie Laubenberg said, in context, for the record. (Excuse the poor video quality as it came from a streaming source at the Texas House of Representatives website.)

via Maddow Blog:

Thus the Texas bill's sponsor, Republican Representative Jodie Laubenberg, found herself making this argument last night about why she opposed adding an exception for women who have been raped:

[I]n hospital emergency rooms, we have funded what’s called rape kits that will help the woman, basically clean her out. And then hopefully that will alleviate that.”

She was then interrupted by Democratic Representative Dawnna Dukes, who wanted to hear that part again, please:

Representative Laubenberg, you said these ladies would be able to acquire an abortion at one of the emergency rooms?

And so Laubenberg said it again, only more so:

In the emergency room they have what's called rape kits that the woman, she’ll get cleaned out, basically like a D&C, and emergency contraception, where they can also do the morning-after pill.

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