2013 in Quotes: Sex Education and Abortionby
As the war on women’s health care raged in Texas in 2013, we heard a lot from the right on abortion and sex education — much of it crude and incredibly offensive. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.
My wife worked at a home for unwed moms, and one of the little kids that was born, his name is David. David came about as a result of his mom and dad, who were just 16 at the time, going to a Planned Parenthood deal where they taught them how to use contraceptives. They were not sexually active at that point. They got into the car, and they were so hot and bothered from this deal, he couldn’t even get the condom on.
— Texas state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, using an absurd anecdote to argue against sex education.
People want to marry a virgin, just like they want a virgin toothbrush or stick of gum.
— From an abstinence-only sex ed program used in the Canyon Independent School District in the Texas Panhandle, comparing non-virgins to used toothbrushes and chewed gum.
There is no question in my mind that a baby at 20-weeks after conception can feel pain. The fact of the matter is, I argue with the chairman because I thought the date was far too late. We should be setting this at 15-weeks, 16-weeks. Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful. They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?
— U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, speaking in support of a proposed federal ban on abortion at 20 weeks because he has personally witnessed male fetuses with their hands “between their legs” pleasuring themselves at 15 weeks. Note that he is a former OB-GYN.
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.
— Texas state Rep. Jody Laubenberg, R-Parker, arguing that new strict anti-abortion legislation in Texas didn’t need an exception for rape — wrongly believing, apparently, that so-called “rape kits” are intended to prevent pregnancy.
(A)nd I bet they would vote Republican.
— Texas Railroad Commissioner and Republican candidate for attorney general Barry Smitherman, on how he believes the unborn would vote. During the speech to an anti-choice group, Smitherman also characterized opponents of abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature as “satanic, evil and crude.”
If babies had guns they wouldn’t be aborted.
— A bumper sticker for U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas.
Democrats do not want abortion to be safe or rare. Democrats oppose even the most basic of health and safety standards for abortion mills. Democrats don’t care how many women are maimed, infected with diseases or die on the routinely-filthy abortion mills. Democrats worship abortion with same fervor the Canaanites worshipped Molech.
— U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, claiming the trial and verdict of Kermit Gosnell only highlights the Democrats’ view on abortion.
The best sex education that exists is Russian literature. In fact, literature in general. Everything is there, about love and about relationships between sexes. Schools should raise children chastely and with an understanding of family values.
Russia’s children’s ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, who opposes teaching sex education in schools.
Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.
— U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., whose measure banning abortions after 20 weeks was being considered in the House Judiciary Committee, arguing against a Democratic amendment to make exceptions for rape and incest.