The lead House sponsor of legislation pitched by advocates as improving the safety of abortion clinics and restricting certain late-term abortions described kits used after sexual assaults as akin to a procedure that scrapes out tissue lining the uterus.
In floor debate that extended from Sunday into Monday, Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, mentioned “rape kits” after Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, presented an amendment to Senate Bill 5 to exempt victims of rape and incest from limits on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
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Statement: Says a “rape kit” can be used to “clean out” women, “basically like” dilation and curettage.