Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas announced during a press conference on Nov. 1 that rape victims should not have a problem with a proposed abortion ban, the so-called “heartbeat bill,” which could ban abortions as early as six weeks, notes Right Wing Watch.
Gohmert falsely claimed that the “life of the mother” is not an issue because “doctors are always charged with preserving life and whatever life has the best chance of living, you do everything you can to preserve it, whether it’s the mother or the child, so that’s really not an issue.”
Gohmert shared another unscientific opinion on impregnated rape victims:
There’s six to eight weeks, we’re told, before a heartbeat is detected, so even if you’re a proponent of abortion after rape or incest, it still is not preventing that. I’m not going to get into a debate on that because it does not apply on this bill. The time is there.
Right Wing Watch notes: “A fertilized egg implants around the fourth week of pregnancy. Pregnancy tests are most accurate after you’ve missed a period, so at about four or five weeks into pregnancy. Which means that many women won’t even know they’re pregnant at six weeks and certainly won’t have had much time to think over their options and to arrange an abortion if that’s what they want to do.”
(Source: Right Wing Watch)