A video inspired by the GOP congressman who said fetuses masturbate

I’d written the other day about the news that Republican Congressman Michael Burgess of Texas says he’s opposed to abortions after 15 weeks or so because that’s the age after which fetuses masturbate.

Oh yes he did.

This is a subject that I do know something about…. 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… You 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. They feel pleasure, why is it so hard to think that they could feel pain?

And what’s worse, Cong. Burgess is an OB/GYN, so in principle he’s supposed to know better.  But this is the party of the “war on science,” so we shouldn’t be surprised when GOP doctors practice what they preach.

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After hearing about this story, my good friend Andy Cobb, of Second City fame, sat down with friends last night and whipped up this little video in response to Congressman Burgess’ carnal theories of fetal love.  Be forewarned, you really should not open this video at the office unless you work at Planned Parenthood or NARAL or for Lindsey Graham- in which case, share it with everyone.


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