• This Is What A Filibuster Looks Like.

    The above is a live stream of Texas Senator Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, several hours into a filibuster of SB 5, which would, if passed, prohibit abortions by law after 20 weeks of gestation.

    SB 5 is also one of the most stringent restrictions on abortions and women's reproductive health, supported by fine folks like Republican state rep Jody Laubenberg. Let's see what Jody has to say about...rape kits:

    Texas Rep. Jody Laubenberg (R) sponsored several anti-abortion measures currently making their way to the Governor’s desk. Taken together, they would shut down the vast majority of the state’s women’s health clinics and criminalize abortions after 20 weeks. But in reasoning out why she did not support an exemption for rape victims in the 20-week ban, Laubenberg betrayed a woeful lack of information on the procedures a victim of rape undergoes — namely, the “rape kit,” which is used to collect data on the assailant and in no way relates to pregnancy:

    When Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, called for an exemption for women who were victims of rape and incest, Rep. Jody Laubenberg, R-Parker, explained why she felt it was unnecessary.

    “In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out,” she 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.”
    The remark about rape kits, which is not accurate, sparked widespread ridicule on social media sites. Laubenberg, who has difficulty debating bills, then simply rejected all proposed changes to her bill without speaking until the end of the debate.

    These are the kind of folks Sen. Davis has to fight against tonight. Wish her the best of luck.