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GOP Congressman: Abortions Should Be Banned Because Male Fetuses Masturbate
Posted on Jun 18, 2013
During debate Monday on a House bill that would ban virtually all abortions starting 20 weeks after conception, Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, made what likely amounts to be the most absurd argument ever for why the country should outlaw the medical procedure.
“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” Burgess said during a late-night House Rules Committee meeting on the Republican bill. “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?”
That’s right. Burgess is suggesting abortions should be banned as early as 15 weeks after fertilization because male fetuses masturbate. And he knows this because—as a former ob-gyn—he’s witnessed it himself (but apparently this is a phenomena he’s seen only in male fetuses, not female ones).
“There is no question in my mind that a baby at 20 weeks after conception can feel pain,” he said. “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.”
It’s worth repeating: Not only is Burgess an elected lawmaker influencing policy on the national level, he also used to be a practicing ob-gyn.
The anti-abortion legislation, which like many bills contains a deceptive title (in this instance, the Pain-Capable Infant Protection Act), is the most restrictive measure on the issue to come before Congress in about a decade. It is scheduled for a vote in the Republican-controlled House late Tuesday.
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