Thu June 27, 2013
PolitiFact: 'Pants on Fire' for Texas Rep's Rape Kit Claim
Do so-called rape kits in Texas include an internal surgical procedure similar to abortion? That’s what a Republican legislator recently suggested in a House debate.
Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, the lead sponsor of the abortion-restricting bill that was defeated in the Texas Senate by Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster and citizen protests, was explaining her refusal of a proposed amendment to lift the restrictions on abortions in cases of rape and incest. She described the kits used at hospitals after sexual assaults as akin to a dilation and curettage, a medical procedure that scrapes out the tissue lining a woman’s uterus.
Gardner Selby with the Austin American-Statesman's fact-checking project, PolitiFact Texas, came by to tell us what they found out. You can listen to our conversation in the player above and read the fact-check online.