Rep. Michael Burgess Says Abortion After 15 Weeks Should Be Illegal, Because Fetuses Masturbate

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In what has to be the most quotable moment from the House's Tuesday debate on anti-abortion bill HR 1797 that would ban abortion after 20 weeks, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) said that abortion after 15 weeks should be illegal. Why? Because of fetal masturbation.

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful,” Burgess, a former gynecologist, said. “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?”

Another quotable: "I think all the members are cognizant of the fact that this is not a Congress that cares much about science," Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) said during her question of Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who along with Burgess is working to advance the bill. Clearly.