Quote of the Day: Rape kits are…abortions?

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Protestors gather in the capitol rotunda to oppose Texas’ omnibus anti-choice bill. [Image via]

On Sunday night, hundreds of pro-choice activists flooded the Texas state capitol to try to block the Republican-controlled legislature from passing a massive anti-choice bill–a bill that includes a 20-week abortion ban and would shut down all but 5 clinics in the state. The “people’s filibuster” had successfully delayed the vote for a dozen hours last Thursday, but in the early hours of Monday morning, the House gave preliminary approval to the bill.

As Think Progress reports, in the midst of the long debate, perhaps the most absurd claim (ever?) was one made by state Rep. Jody Laubenberg, who explained that she didn’t support an exemption for rape victims in the 20-week ban because rape kits are a form of abortion.

“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.”

There is literally nothing about this that makes any sense. In fact, I’m not actually sure exactly where Laubenberg went wrong, but here are some facts: A rape kit is used to collect DNA evidence from a survivor’s body. It has nothing to do with abortion. Some hospitals provide emergency contraception to rape victims. EC is not  the same as abortion. People like Rep. Laubenberg, who do not have a basic understanding of the proposals they are debating, are making policy that will affect the health and lives of millions of Texans.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/sapadu/ Jacqueline Hentzen

    Even more outrageous (-ly stupid): Where’d she get the ‘5 months’ from? If you visit the emergency room for a rape kit, it’s (hopefully — I know the stigma and shock can be deterrents) within 24 hours. What idiot thinks that a rape victim would go into the emergency room FIVE MONTHS after the fact? It… can’t really do anything at that point.

  • http://feministing.com/members/pasithea/ Jessica

    Rape kits are a form of abortion? Seriously? You’d think with the easy access to the Internet these days these insane politicians could just Google ‘what is ___’ before they open their mouths and say something so utterly ignorant. This is truly sickening. I know several women who have suffered through rape, molestation and other sexual violence one of whom became pregnant due to the rape (and subsequently had an abortion afterwards). This absurd declaration by Ms. Laubenberg and even Mr. Akin’s recent disgusting claim that one cannot become pregnant from ‘legitimate rape’ is extremely insulting to everyone, men and women, who have been sexually assaulted in their life. I cannot believe these people are supposed to be representing us.

  • http://feministing.com/members/ludakristen/ Kristen V Erickson

    This is truly unbelievable.