My home state of Texas has done it again. Last night, House Representative Michael Burgess took the position that abortions should be illegal after 15 weeks because he believes that he’s seen male fetuses put their hands between their legs and feel pleasure.
Take a moment and let that sink in before continuing.
The statement from Burgess was made in support of a bill proposed by an Arizona Republican House Representative Trent Franks, who’s just as delusional as Mr. Burgess. Franks recently stated, “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.” His comments were made in defense of a bill that, in its original form, didn’t allow exceptions for rape or incest. Following the backlash stemming from Franks’ idiotic comments about rape, exceptions for rape and incest were suddenly added to the bill.
And the “party of stupid” strikes again.
Though it is somewhat ironic that the party which often stands fiercely against sex education, is now attempting to use the “immoral act” of “pleasuring oneself” as a tool to support a bill that would take away more control a woman has over her own body.
But apparently, according to Burgess, only male fetuses “put their hands between their legs.” In fact, his statements specifically point out males for this behavior:
“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful. They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to think that they could feel pain?”
So not only are his statements completely delusional, weird and creepy, but he manages to be even more sexist by suggesting that only male fetuses pleasure themselves at this stage of development. I can’t even believe I just typed that sentence, much less that an elected official could be this certifiably insane.
If you actually read about the development of a fetus, most experts will tell you it’s hard to differentiate between male and female sex organs, and it’s actually around 18 weeks that a more accurate determination of the sex of the fetus can be made.
Another terrifying aspect to this is the fact that this man is an ex OB/GYN. How any female sat in his office and let him examine them, listening to his “professional opinion” on matters of their health, is simply shocking.
One has to wonder if he ever said to a woman, “Look, it’s a boy and he’s healthy—see, he’s pleasuring himself.”
I highly doubt it.
As the saying goes, “You can’t fix stupid.” And looking at the behavior by quite a few members of the Republican party (following the 2012 elections), many of them are determined to prove that statement correct beyond any shadow of a doubt. Or shadow of a hand, apparently.
EDITED TO ADD: Feel free to stop by Rep. Burgess’ Facebook page and let him know what you think of his disgusting comments.