Crazy Talk: GOP Congressman Michael Burgess Says Male Fetuses Masturbate at 15-Weeks-Old (Video)

Just when you thought you’ve heard it all, comes a GOP congress member by the name of Michael Burgess, (R-Texas), who says abortions should be banned earlier than the Supreme Court says it should because he’s seen male fetuses begin masturbating in the womb around 15 weeks into a pregnancy.


Oh yes Britney, here’s what Burgess, a former obstetrician-gynecologist and tea party congressman, told a House Rules Committee Monday regarding H.R. bill 1797, which would ban abortions 20 weeks after fertilization effectively dissolving the 23-24 week abortion window provided by Roe v. Wade (Video of his comments below):

This is a subject I 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 believe that they could feel pain?

Cleveland Dr. Lisa Perriera of University Hospitals Case Medical Center told ABC News, that a fetus’ hand between its legs is nothing more than “practicing using their muscles.” Perriera added, “three studies have been done in human fetuses to examine the development of connections between nerves, and we don’t think those connections start to form until somewhere between 23 and 30 weeks gestation.”

Reports the Atlantic Wire:

If Burgess wanted to make a point about masturbating fetuses and ban third-trimester abortions, he’d have supporters. ABC News explained in January that both pro-choice supporters (79 percent) and pro-life advocates (96 percent) strongly believe in making abortion illegal in the third trimester. And those third-trimester numbers are very tiny as it is: “In the U.S., 88 percent of abortions are done in the first 12 weeks, according to the Guttmacher Institute; fewer than 1 percent are in the third trimester.” ABC News reported.

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But that isn’t what Burgess and conservatives want. Their restrictive, 20-week ban and attack on Roe v. Wade is expected to pass the House as early as Tuesday, the AP reports. The Democratic-led Senate, of course, is expected to completely ignore the bill, and the Obama administration last night announced a veto threat. Indeed, the only thing that seems to be in question with this bill is which member of the House GOP caucus will try to top Burgess and his masturbating fetuses now that he’s topped Rep. Trent Franks, the bill’s sponsor, and his “incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy” line from last week.

Watch GOP Congressman Michael Burgess’ Remarks Below