Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-TX)–he of the zero percent HRC rating–entered the Todd Akin Hall-of-Fame last night at a U.S. House Rules Committee hearing on a GOP bill that would ban abortions starting at 20 weeks.
The former OB/GYN told the committee: “Well, this is a subject that I do know something about… 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. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to think that they could feel pain?”
Rep. Louise Slaughter’s (D-NY) deadpan response said it all: “I think all the members are cognizant of the fact that this is not a Congress that cares much about science.”
Rep. Burgess has yet to offer a response to the remarks made yesterday, but we’re going to go out on a limb and say: Don’t expect anything too intelligible.