Late Sunday night the Texas state legislature crammed through a devastating and restrictive anti-choice bill, SB 5, which will force most women’s clinics in that state to close their doors. The bill could reduce the number of clinics that perform abortions from 47 to just five, as well as criminalize abortions after 20 weeks.
According to Think Progress, “Republicans cut off the ongoing debate so they could finally force a vote, a decision that the Associated Press characterized as a “highly unusual and partisan move.” SB 5 won preliminary approval with a 97-33 vote. The bill still needs final approval from the House, and then it will head to a Senate vote before the special session comes to a close on midnight on Tuesday. There’s still a chance that it can be blocked if Senate Democrats successfully filibuster the vote on Tuesday.”
Texas Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R) sponsored several anti-abortion measures including was asked why she didn’t support an exemption for rape and incest in the 20 week abortion ban. You won’t believe what she said.
“In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out,” comparing the use of a rape kit 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.”
Laubenberg is wrong, of course. And now Texas women are going to pay the price for her vile and evil stupidity.
From RAINN: Following a sexual assault, the victim has the option to go to the hospital to have a forensic examination by a trained professional. During a forensic medical exam, a sexual assault evidence collection kit may or may not be used. The evidence kit affords the opportunity to collect any DNA that may have been left by the suspect. The kit is filled with tools that may be used by the examiner for evidence collection during the forensic medical exam.
The exam will most likely begin with the examiner obtaining a complete and thorough medical history from the victim. The medical forensic exam also involves a head to toe physical examination, which includes the genital area. This may also include:
Collection of blood, urine, hair and other body secretion samples.
Collection of the victim’s clothing, especially undergarments.
Collection of any possible physical evidence that may have transferred onto the victim from the rape scene.
Once the examination is completed and all specimens are collected, they are carefully packaged and stored to assure that they are not contaminated. They are maintained under chain of custody until further action is taken.
So the “Rape Nuts” have made a devastating comeback in Texas. Let’s hope that Texas women recognize that Republicans are shameless misogynists and deadly to women. Here’s hoping Texas turns blue in 2016.
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