Texas Charging Rape Victims For Rape Kits

In a very unsurprising turn of events, especially in the light of the relatively enlightened LA having problems funding rape testing, it appears that Texas is charging rape victims up to $1800 for gathering evidence against their attackers.

When your head has stopped spinning and vomiting what looks very much like pea soup, consider that this the the same state where by a vote of 11-2, the door is wide open for religious anti-knowledge wingnuts to explain to children that the world is only 6000 years old.

Am I becoming an old fart? I remember doing physics (Doc Williams, bless ‘im, always good for an astronomy red herring) at school and having Geiger counters and shit and watching radioactive decay in progress, and from that extrapolating some very big numbers for the age of stuff. It’s these peoples ignorance of basic, high school science that leads so such belief in sky fairies.


  1. #1 by Tom at May 11th, 2009

    I seem to remember the rationale behind this (at least in Alaska) was that rape kits contain emergency contraception, and so were being abused as a free way of getting the Morning After pill.

    (This is from memory, from oh, at least a few months ago, so I may be wrong, and this might not also be true in Texas)

    It’s still retarded, sky-fairy bigotry, but that was the excuse — sorry, _reason_ — that was given. Although if a woman’s desperate enough to fake it and suffer the unpleasantness of a rape exam, give her the fucking pill, in my opinion.

  2. #2 by Phileas Freak at May 12th, 2009

    Perhaps that’s what they mean by “traditional Southern hospitality” ? And of course then try and get an abortion in that godforsaken state before some fundie loony guns down the clinic staff.
    If you want to peer into the void of fundie nonsense I can recommend: http://www.prattle.net/


  3. #3 by Smeggy.Spike at June 16th, 2009

    Christ-on-a-bike, they’ll be charging for actually raping the victim next. I’d like to see the menu card for that…

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