Texas GOP Legislator: Rape Kits Are Form of Abortion

By Tim Peacock

"In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out."
File this one under "GOP science and logic." During the raucous debate surrounding the contentious SB5 - the Texas legislation that would essentially eliminate abortion throughout the state - a Texas legislator made some pretty egregious (and wholly inaccurate) claims about abortion, rape kits, and women's rights to access healthcare. To add insult to injury, the remarks were made by a woman - none other than Texas Rep. Jody Laubenberg (R).

The moment occurred on Sunday during the first of two widely protested congressional hearings in the Texas legislature. During a speech given by Rep. Laubenberg, claims that rape kits are actually a form of abortion were made in order to support the legislation. Laubenberg made the remarks as part of a larger argument against allowing the victims of rape and incest to access abortions (as an exception to the harsh language contained in her proposals). She commented that "In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out." She went on to say "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."

Contrary to her testimony, rape kits have nothing to do with abortion. In fact, the only time abortion kits actually have any relation to preventing conception after rape is when Plan B is included in the kit - and Plan B isn't an abortion drug either (it's a contraceptive). Rape kits are tools doctors and law enforcement use to collect samples from rape victims that can be used against their attackers during a trial. This includes hair and body fluid samples, scrapings from under the victim's fingernails, a complete physical examination by a medical doctor, and collection any other physical evidence that may be present from the sexual assault. 

With women like Laubenberg championing the conservative anti-science crusade in the name of religion it's easy to see why the Texas GOP is quickly becoming the laughing stock of the nation. What's not funny, however, is watching as Laubenberg and other Texas GOP members push through draconian anti-woman legislation that will force women in Texas seeking abortions to resort to pre-Roe methods of abortion (that is to say, back-alley wire-hanger-style abortions). 

About Tim Peacock:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he's dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging - he's been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In creating Peacock Panache, he's combined two of his favorite hobbies: blogging and current events/politics. When not working here, Tim toils away at editing & rewriting the novels he's completed over the years. You can read samples of his other work here.

You can find Tim elsewhere online at his personal website. You can also find him on LinkedIn as well as on Twitter as @timsimms

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