Sponsor of Texas Anti-Abortion Bill opposes rape exemption because “Rape Kits” take care of it

jodielaubenbergImagine your daughter going casually through her life.  Studying for school, top of her class, just a mere 24 months from graduating with a promising future in a leading medical school to fulfill her life-long dream of being a doctor.  Nearly every moment in her life has been spent geared toward achieving this goal.

Then imagine one day, she’s coming home from cramming for an extremely important final—when suddenly, and violently, she experiences the most terrifying and traumatizing event of her life.

And included with all of the horrific psychosocial, emotional and physical terrors that often haunt rape victims—she fears she might have been impregnated by her attacker. Texas State Representative Claims Emergency Room Rape Kits Can Give Abortions

Your daughter, not ready for a child and definitely not wanting one that was conceived when she was raped, wishes to find a means at which to terminate any possible pregnancy…

When suddenly, Texas State Representative Jodie Laubenberg pops her head into the ER and says:

“In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out.”

And while Laubenberg didn’t say this directly to a rape victim, this was her actual reasoning behind not including a rape exemption in her anti-abortion bill that’s currently being debated in the Texas legislature.

Apparently unaware that “rape kits” are equipment used by forensic experts to collect evidence from rape victims, this woman actually believes hospitals have “kits” that will “clean women right out” after being raped.

But even though “rape kits” have nothing to do with “cleaning a woman out,” Republican Rep. Laubenberg still believes your daughter has no right to have an abortion, even after being raped.  She believes control over your daughter’s body belongs in the hands of the government.  It doesn’t matter that she didn’t willingly have sex with her attacker, what’s done is done and your daughter will have that baby—no exemptions.


This woman holds public office and is in a position of power, pushing this legislation—something I find absolutely terrifying.

How a grown woman can be so misinformed about rape, while proposing an anti-abortion bill that doesn’t allow any exemptions for rape or incest, is truly astounding and downright sad.

It’s ignorant enough when some blowhard male stands up and tries to dictate to women what they can or cannot do with their own bodies—a woman should know better.  Hell, a man should know better too.  There’s absolutely no excuse for this level of ignorance.

Yet there goes Ms. Laubenberg proudly displaying her stupidity for the world to see.

What her anti-abortion bill also does is set the rules for having an abortion to such impossible extremes to comply with, that it’s estimated all but five abortion clinics in the state of Texas would have to shut down.

Whoever voted for this woman should be ashamed of themselves.  It’s one thing to call yourself pro-life and oppose abortions — it’s quite another to simply be astonishingly ignorant about the violent crime of rape, and the very real situations women find themselves in afterward.

Come on, Texas.  We have to be better than electing individuals this callous, cold-hearted and utterly stupid to our legislature.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Mary G.

    What a great idea! Include the “morning after pill” in rape kits! And a good thorough douching set to get the disgusting filth out of you. I approve of this modification of “rape kits”. 😉

  • Charlie Sommers

    I am constantly amazed by the decided lack of brains and/or compassion in some of our elected officials. Who votes for these idiots anyway?

    • Jennifer Eastep

      The people who vote for politicians like this are the same people who continue to perpetuate the myths and lies of organized religion. The attitude of “never mind logic” because the bible says something different, allows for these people to continue basing laws on the so called “teachings” of the bible. Killing is wrong after all according to god unless your inferior, a slave a, child, a woman or a “non believer”. and in the bible there are stipulations that grants the church and “believers” the right to kill any and everyone who breaks the rules or refuses to believe.

      • hiatt111

        Meds Jennifer. Take them.

      • OohRahMama

        Real morality, comprehension and empathy, hiatt111. Develop them.

      • Jennifer Eastep

        Yes, I must need meds since I use logic instead of religion to form an opinion. (she says sarcastically)

      • Cecil A.

        I am endlessly amazed, Jennifer – and more than a little concerned, in some cases – by the apparent incapacity in some to process irony and sarcasm…have to remind myself that literal-mindedness is not, in itself, necessarily a bar to commonality and shared views. Not always… ;^]

      • noah vail

        logic hiatt, use it

      • CSHJ

        Jennifer you are stupid and have no clue what you are talking about.

      • Jennifer Eastep

        Funny that you have the audacity to call me stupid. Read your bible.. There are provisions in the bible mentioning everything I said. If you actually read it, you’d know what I say is true. But of course the last refuge of a person who can not conceive an intelligent argument is to resort to childish name calling.

      • Cecil

        Oops – or was I the one who misread you? Damn…

    • CSHJ

      You do!

  • Edna Bambrick

    Christians, Mourdock, God, Jesus and Santorum all have it right.

    The bible is pretty clear about this – “Women will be saved through childbearing–if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety” (1 Tm. 2:15).

    And it’s clear women should suffer according to the Christian religion – “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor
    you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your
    husband, and he will rule over you” (Gen. 3:16)

    Richard Mourdock, who said, “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

    Rick Santorum: “the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of
    human life, and accept what God has given to you.”

    Rape isn’t even mentioned in the 10 commandments so how bad could it be?

    It worked out OK for Lot and his daughters and we don’t even know who was responsible for that mess with Mary.

    You libs make me sick.

    • mojones1

      I really thought you were joking until I read your last line. If you were serious, all I can say is that your ignorance is truly astounding.

    • Edna’s Brain

      Glad to hear we “libs” make you sick, Edna – at least it proves we’re on the right track to dealing with neanderthal thinkers such as yourself.

    • marciaann66

      Richard Mourdock you are a COMPLETE IDIOT!!!! For you to make that comment about something God intended….you need to have the chance to experience such a horrible crime. You are truly a DOUCHE BAG!!!!

    • Heather Baker

      I’m sorry… were you SERIOUS? I thought you were joking! Did you really… REALLY… in front of everyone just say “Rape isn’t mentioned in the 10 commandments so HOW BAD COULD IT BE”? Worse than walking around brain dead and you make that look pretty disgusting.

    • Sheila Kotze

      Well.. it’s nice you live your whole life by a book of tales written by a bunch of men 100’s of years ago.. and you have a right to that belief,, and others have the right to NOT believe and live there life by a book. And I think you forgot about the whole.. “do not judge lest you be judged” part. But thats normal.. you quote and sift through your bible picking out parts that suit you at the time. And if I remember correctly. Jesus never talked about a whole group of people, most of them not known to him.. making him sick.

    • MinisterMohammed

      bible also states a woman gave birth to a son without banging anybody. i guess she was raped by god..but maybe that means you support rape. i can never take one quotation spitting biblees seriously though

    • eris’s daughter

      You do realize that the Constitutional prohibition against a State religion prevents politicians from forcing me to live my life according to your book of fairy tales, right? Right ?

    • Jess

      I thought you were joking at first too!!! Funny how your message gets across.

      How bad could rape be, Edna? Are you f*cking kidding me? Women die because of it. My first instinct is to say that “You are a f*cking sh!t head piece of crap douche bag. Actually, a douche serves a purpose. Obviously, you’ve never been or known someone who has been raped.”

      But actually I just really hope that you can get educated (and not by being raped) and may God forgive your ignorance. Rape is not a form of sex, it is violence.

    • Tommi Murphy Cobb

      actually Edna I think you just proved your ignorance with you statement about “if rape is not mentioned in the ten commandments ho bad can it be?”

      Dhould I use the same argument to justify homosexuality to you and other zealot Christians?

      As I am aware, immorality and sin is discussed in many areas other than the commandments and appears throughout the bible. So I will refer you to this little tidbit if I might, “The Bible undeniably condemns adultery and sexual immorality,..According to1 Corinthians 7:2, “But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.” In this verse, Paul states that marriage is the “cure” for sexual immorality.First Corinthians 7:2is essentially saying that, because people cannot control themselves and so many are having immoral sex outside of marriage, people should get married. Then they can fulfill their passions in a moral way.”

      I would also refer back to your reference pf the 20 commandments and further explain my belief in your having proved you ignorance does not the fourth commandment state adultery is not allowed according to God’s laws? as the majority of rapists are not married to their chosen targets then they are committing a sin are they not?

      Got ya! I believe,

    • Norma Devlin

      For the love of all that is pure and decent. Please, for the sake of all right minded and moral human beings, crawl back under whatever stone you call home. By your twisted and cruel logic, “if it’s not mentioned in the 10 commandments then it can’t be that bad” which is a sick and moronic way to look at it given that numerous atrocities perpetrated by the human race are also not mentioned in the 10 commandments. Thank goodness I live in the UK.

    • Liam Foreman

      She’s KIDDING people!!! Didn’t the name “Edna Bambrick” clue you in? Someone that religious would talk about Jesus’ birth as “and we don’t even know who was responsible for that mess with Mary”??? I chuckled. It’s satire. (I PRAY and HOPE!!!!)

    • bordeauxRED

      Edna: not even mentioned in the 10 Commandments….epic. Had me cracking up. Nice prose, good writing. People relax she’s joking! As an aside I don’t think Lot was too happy, but a good follower.

    • dtsinidaho

      It IS sarcasm. C’mon lib’s let’s take it down a notch. You hardcore lefty’s probably think John Stewart is too irreverent too? Relax.. the Neo-Cons are disintegrating.. don’t give them something to keep them relevant.

    • Licentia ex Termino

      Well Edna, don’t forget that “The LORD then gave these further instructions to Moses: ‘Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath
      day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever. It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy. Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy. Anyone who desecrates it must die; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community. Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest. I repeat: Because the LORD considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.’ (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT)

      You Bible thumpers who pick & choose scripture to support your agenda make me sick. Either accept it all (and live it), or keep quiet.

    • Jessica

      Wow…it’s scary how people like you actually exist and have that type of thought process. Oh and Mary is still a virgin right?

    • Darlene Welch Williams

      OH MY GOD! Your doctors allow you near a computer?? Separation of church and state!!! Keep your religion out of my government!! If you actually believe the crap you wrote above ..your medication needs to be adjusted! That is just plain crazy!!

    • Christopher John

      you’re fucking kidding right? Please tell me YOU never reproduced! #jackassrepublican

    • OohRahMama

      Believe me, “Edna” is yankin’ yer chain. LOL

    • Talitha Bing

      “How bad can it be?”?!? Are you *SO* serious?? And my automatic response to your query of “How bad can it be?” is “Try it.” But *knowing* HOW BAD IT CAN BE, i could never wish that on you or anyone.

    • George Nestico

      WOW!!! Yet another Ellie Mae!!! Look If your God is so wonderful and forgiving and loves everyone then he will make the Judgement when that person arrives at the gates. But I would say to you and those who Believe God is wonderful that No way would God ever let billions of wonderful children die a Horrific death by way of starvation never you accept that but are against Abortion can you see why we the majority of the people think your so F….. Crazy, Jesus was gay (prove me wrong) he lived with 12 men, he was said to have brothers and sisters, yet no family history of them, your Bible which was written by the hand of men not Jesus or God but by men who were leaders to control the populists, but no history of Jesus or God they just exists because a book written by men says so, they are we to believe that pluto was a god, about the sun, the stars, these are things that people believed were Gods, If god does exist why was he sitting in Washington listening to the hearings and allowing 5 people to decide that Marriage is for every one not just man and women, what god would let billions of men and women, children die from slavery, families to be broken up, what God would let 6 million of his own people be slaughtered in concentration camps, and I know your Book has an answer for that, men wrote it not god, and you believe that a snake, A talking snake at that talk Eve into eating an apple , see what kind of a fool you are, if that book gives you security that’s fine but you have no right to try and put that bullship upon us, just as you or anyone else has the right to decide what a women can and can not do, your God will deal with them. And I would say to you Edna Ellie Mae you are a poor excuse for a women and it’s a shame that you were allowed to breed, You and Rick Santorum are the poster children for abortion and the strongest reason for keeping it legal, you tell your husband if you even have one to be sure to wear his condom before tending the sheep. What a sick sick Moron

    • noah vail

      i think santorum should set up a fund to pay rapists for doing the work of god…wouldn’t that be the “christian” thing to do?

  • mojones1

    Texas! WTH??? Do you really want to be identified as the state with the stupidest politicians? They reflect badly on all of you.

    • marciaann66

      Well mojones apparently we already have been. As usual its always MEN who make these stupid comments. But then again you don’t hear too many men getting raped.

      • David Salazar

        the whole article states it was a woman who said the stupid thing, and men get raped they just do not report it as much as women, stop being ignorant.

  • Jerri White

    Well Texas IS one of the states that condemn the victim as long as the accused rapist is a HS football star. So this line of thinking in their politicians does not surprise me.

    • David Salazar

      stupid ignorant comment , learn something because you obviously do not know anything

      • Jerri White

        You know I never responded to this and I apologize. I was speaking in the case of the HS girl who was raped by the star football player and when she and her family went and filed charges, they were run out of town. So it WASN’T an ignorant or stupid comment, it was a comment based on fact. If you google it under Texas High School student raped by Football star you will find the story. It happened in Silsbee. Texas back in 2011. Your welcome.

      • David Salazar

        it doe not mean texas just gives the rapist a pat on the back, , you do not fucking live in texas and are very ignorant,fuck you

      • Jerri White

        Well you CLEARLY a man who lives in Texas so your opinion such as it is does not matter.

        And you did not read the article either. CLEARLY.

      • noah vail

        if there are more ignorant fucks than those found in texas the world has yet to discover them…a texan died and was too big for a coffin so they gave him an enema and buried him in a matchbox

  • marciaann66

    Rep. Laudenberg you too are a complete IDIOT!!!! Apparently you have NO IDEA what is in a rape kit. Have you ever been raped? Apparently not!!!!!

    • ed

      Ewww, I agree she is ignorant, but who would want to touch HER??

      • lola

        ^ass. rape has nothing to do with whether or not a woman is beautiful.

      • AuroraMoon

        Your intention was well-meant, but your comment ignorant. Using Rape as some sort of compliment or gauge for attractiveness is not only sick, but reinforces rape culture.
        For example, there have been elderly women who got raped, or even slovenly-looking victims…..yet the “rape as an compliment” mentality would cause most people to not believe those victims simply because they hadn’t been pretty, or sexy enough. Whereas actual attractive women might get told: “Well, duh… you were just so attractive that those men couldn’t help themselves. you should be flattered!”
        Think about those things before you post.

      • David Salazar

        rape is not about beauty , it is about power, and control and anger.

  • apparentlyblowhardmale

    i was with you until the blanket statement that men are “retarded”. but yea that lady is nuts

  • James Worcester

    Can the New Reich get any less intelligent?

  • Jamie

    Re: “Rape isn’t even mentioned in the 10 commandments so how bad could it be?”
    Dear Edna, there’s no mention of child molestation in the 10 commandments either, so following your logic…. Oh, sorry, there’s no logic – and no heart – behind statements such as yours.

    • AuroraMoon

      not to mention she’s totally wrong. it is definitely mentioned in the bible. But it’s old testament, and some of it is kind of fucked up….totally supports rape culture.
      (Judges 21:10-24 NLT), (Numbers 31:7-18 NLT), (Exodus
      21:7-11 NLT)–Sex slaves, (Deuteronomy
      20:10-14), (Deuteronomy 21:10-14 NAB)

      and my personal favorite:

      (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT)

      If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.

      Notice how the girl basically has no say in this, and is basically forced to marry her own rapist.

      Most of the bible gives zero consideration to a woman’s feelings, and only writes about women in terms of them being submissive, etc and having them quietly take any abuse of kinds. The only positive story about women that I’ve seen in the entire bible was the story of Ruth.

      • Mhmmm

        Remember that the Bible was written by men, and to interpret anything that says it’s ok to rape a woman, is messed up interpretation.

        And by “men”, I mean humans not God.

      • noah vail

        as far as i can figure god had nothing to do with writing the bible…i don’t even think he has a pen

  • Christina

    “It is a poverty that a child must die so you may live as you wish.” – Killing a child is never ok. In any circumstance. Every life is precious.

    • Danie

      Potential life is not the same as life. How sad it is that you can’t understand that and would even think it’s right to tell other people how to live their own lives.

    • Speak for yourself. There are so many days I wish I’d never been born.

  • T. L.

    “Your daughter, not ready for a child and definitely not wanting one that was conceived when she was raped, wishes to find a means at which to terminate any possible pregnancy…”

    As the product of a horrific rape, I find your wording on this inconsiderate. Not every woman’s instinct is to remove any permanence of her attacker. I am certain that every time my mother looked at me, memories of that night would flash by but she was wonderful to me and grateful for me regardless.

    With that said, I’m a very Pro-Choice individual and would not force my daughter to keep a pregnancy that she felt she wasn’t ready for nor would I encourage her to rid herself of it either. But when you speak of children conceived from rape, consider for a moment what it is you’re trying to say.

    • disqus_Y6fXMJ2pwG

      i’m very sorry that you are a product of a horrific rape, but the author is not proposing that every woman would choose abortion. she is merely saying that for some women, they would not choose to carry a child, and they should not be forced to by some woman who doesn’t even know what a rape kit is….

    • Ted Govostis

      Actually the author’s carefully constructed scenario appears to set up as carefully as possible situation where the impregnated woman doesn’t want to be pregnant, not because of not wanting their rapist’s child, but because they are quite simply not ready to raise a child in their current stage of life. Or did you miss the whole medical school part?

    • Bob

      That was your mothers choice, and she apparently was a strong individual, but I would say many women might not be able to handle it. Don’t nit pick the article cause it takes away from the intent.

      • Michelle ‘Paustian’ Burns

        Yes that was her mother’s choice but many women make the same one. They realize that while the child may be half the rapist’s child, it’s also half theirs.

  • Joe Reaves

    Proof that abortions should be available for everyone…not just the unborn.

  • Omar Spence

    No one there knew enough about how rapes are investigated to know what a rape kit is? It is disturbing to see how oblivious these fools are.

  • Derek Pryor

    Thank God for Senator Wendy R. Davis, who’s filibustering this toxic decision.

  • RitaMS

    Obviously none of you have gone to the hospital after being raped.. cause when you do, they do the forensic ‘rape kit’ part. They then give you antibiotics in case you acquired any diseases from the scumbag who raped you. They then give you the option of the morning after pill. So in a sense they do include a means out of pregnancy right then and there. The only reason someone would need to get an abortion after being raped would be because the morning after pill didn’t work or they were too scared or stupid not to go to the hospital and report it.

  • VK

    Where are these uninformed people coming from and how are they getting elected to public office?

  • Michael Berlin

    The only people more idiotic than these politicians are the people who vote for them. Seriously, and with all due respect to those who voted against these clowns, Texas not only has the dumbest politicians, they must have the dumbest voters in America.

  • Satan’s Tailor

    Obviously she is a stupid twatwaffle

  • CSHJ

    Which one of you commented on Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his “late term abortions” where he ripped off the arms and legs in the womb? In matters of rape there is the morning after pill. Who of you support abortions once there is a heart beat? That isn’t the woman’s body……….it’s a baby and that would be considered murder. except in rape and incest (plan B works) the woman has made her choice to spread her legs!!! That’s your choice not the killing of an innocent baby. We’re all pretty lucky that abortion wasn’t readily available when our mothers were pregnant, I bet a lot of us wouldn’t be here.

  • Elena

    How ignorant can a person be? I worked as a rape crisis counselor and we coordinated with the police and the health department. Rape kits are used to swab the victim to determine if she has any sperm or other evidence on her that could be used in criminal prosecution. It does NOT prevent STD’s or pregnancy.
    And these are our elected officials? Scary.
    Sometimes when I hear these comments I think I must be listening to an SNL episode.

  • T. G.

    Lets hope the rape victim doesn’t go to a “religious based” hospital where she would be denied emergency contraception. After all, these are the same people who want to give medical staff the right to refuse any contraception, even after a rape.