Imagine 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.
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