Even as someone who reports every day on the mind-numbingly idiotic things wingnuts say and even when the statement is about rape, a subject on which wingnuts are notoriously ignorant and tone deaf, this statement from Texas state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg about rape and abortion left my jaw agape:
“In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out,” [Laubenberg] said, comparing the procedure 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.”
Her apparent confusion about “rape kits” — a phrase generally used to describe the equipment used by medical personnel during forensic examinations to gather physical evidence following allegations of rape or sexual assault — sparked widespread ridicule on social media sites. Laubenberg then simply rejected all proposed changes to her bill without speaking until the end of the debate.
She actually thinks that there doesn’t need to be an exception for rape in an anti-abortion bill because women “get cleaned out” when the hospital administers a rape kit. A rape kit, of course, does not make her “cleaned out,” it gathers evidence that can be used to catch the rapist. There aren’t enough faces or palms in the world.