Texas Congressman Says We Should Ban Abortion Because Fetuses Masturbate

Frisky staffers are not the only ones finding pleasure with their hands between their legs. According to former OB/GYN and now Texas Congressman Micheal Burgess (a Republican, natch), male fetuses are masturbating as well!

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movement that are purposeful,” Burgess explained during a House committee on Monday when arguing for more restrictions against abortion. “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 think that they could feel pain? Sometimes we have to give voice to the voiceless, and this is one of those times.”

I’m sorry, but since when does putting your hand between your legs directly imply masturbation? Slipping your hand in there can be caused by anything, including really needing to pee and trying to hold it in, trying to keep your hand warm, or soothing your chaffed thighs. And why is it that only male fetuses “masturbate”? They could be slipping their hands between their legs BECAUSE THEY ARE CONFINED IN A RESTRICTIVE WOMB AND HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO PUT THEIR HANDS. Just a thought!

Get your mind out of the gutter, Rep. Burgess.

[Think Progress]

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