In the state House Tuesday, state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, the bill's author, rejected the possibility of amendments. And indeed, the Republican-controlled House defeated an amendment providing exceptions for rape or incest. Advocating for that amendment,
[State Rep. Senfronia] Thompson and others who accompanied her on the floor brandished several props including wire coat hangers, knitting needles, feathers and turpentine. She charged that without rape and incest exceptions extended beyond the first five months of gestation, sexual assault victims would use those tools to obtain abortions.Those are actually the stakes. We know—we know by looking at abortion rates in countries where it's illegal and through American history—that banning legal abortion doesn't stop abortion. It just makes it less safe, especially for poor and vulnerable women. That's what this law will do: make women unsafe, not prevent them from having abortions.
“Forced rape, forced incest and then you gonna force them to have their child, force them to do that against their will?” she said toward the conclusion of a highly graphic speech. At one point, she asked, “Why would you want to force them to drink turpentine or to use a knitting needle in order” to achieve an abortion.