On Sunday night, the Texas legislature passed series of bills with restrictions on abortion, during a special session.
According to KnoxNews.com, over 800 pro-choice protesters were in the Texas Capitol last night trying to stop the bills from passing.
One of the bills, Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Texas State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R) would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, require abortion centers to be set up like surgical centers, require a doctor to physically give an abortion-inducing pill to a woman (instead of a prescription) and require doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital.
However, Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D) wanted an exemption for women who were victims of rape and incest (video below).
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But Rep. Laubenberg rejected the exemption because she claimed that rape kits would clean out a woman, as an abortion would, noted Time magazine.
“In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out. 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,” said Rep. Laubenberg.
However, in reality, rape kits collect DNA evidence from the bodies of rape victims, but do not end a pregnancy, notes the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
The Texas Medical Association, the Texas Hospital Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposed the bill, claiming it would not raise the standard of care for women.