Does hypocrisy have no limits? It’s doubtful, but either way, this Texas Republican’s example is hilarious — you may remember Texas State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg as the Republican woman who stated that rape kits prevent pregnancy and “clean the woman out.” This time, as the author of an extreme anti-abortion bill moving through the Texas state legislature, she has stood up for what she calls the “pre-born life” of fetuses, despite her statement in 2007 that fetuses aren’t “people” enough to receive healthcare.
Laudenberg already has a record of infamy thanks to her rape kit comments, as previously reported by Addicting Info:
That led to one of the most outrageous moments of the night. Arguing against the exception for rape victims, Republican Rep. Jodie Laubenberg absurdly claimed that rape victims can be magically cleaned out at hospitals by emergency rape kits. “In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out,” she said, apparently clueless about what rape kits are actually used for. Rape kits are used to collect evidence of the rape. They do not ‘clean out’ women and they certainly do not prevent pregnancy.
Her dramatic policy reversal on the rights of the unborn, as seen in her new anti-abortion legislation, did not go unnoticed, however. From The Huffington Post:
Texas State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R), the author of the radically anti-abortion bill making its way through the Texas Legislature this week, argued for hours on Tuesday that lawmakers should support her bill because of its strong protections for a person’s “pre-born life.”
The bill, HB 2, responds to “the definite death to the 70,000-plus babies who have been aborted in this state,” Laubenberg said during remarks on the House floor. “HB 2 focuses on both the child and the woman.”
But back in 2007, she made the case against treating the unborn as people — at least, when it comes to qualifying for health care services.
During a House debate on an appropriations bill that year, Laubenberg, a staunch conservative, put forward an amendment that would require expectant mothers to wait three months before they could begin receiving prenatal and perinatal care under the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, a program that helps cover uninsured children in low-income families.
While the stunning decisions over the past year of Republican politicians has likely made jobs for writers of political satire nearly impossible to come by, we can thank them for one thing — as they continue to demonstrate nearly unthinkable levels of incompetency, voters will (hopefully) take note and repay them at the ballot box for their ineptitude.
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