Ed. Note: This post is from 2008 when Laubenberg was appointed Chair of the Public Health Committee, a position she no longer holds, though she still serves on the Committee. However, her comments that the in-utero don't deserve access to health insurance because “they're not born yet” seems germane to the ongoing debate about HB 2 in this second special session. (Added 7.9.13)
Laubenberg, you may remember, offered an amendment last legislative session to cut peri-natal health insurance for over 95,000 mothers and children in-utero covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). From the Austin Chronicle:
A priceless exchange occurred between Harper-Brown cohort Jodie Laubenberg of Rockwall and Dallas Dem Rafael Anchia. Laubenberg proposed to enforce a three-month waiting period before expectant mothers could begin receiving prenatal and perinatal care under CHIP. Anchia pointed out that the eligibility change would kick nearly 100,000 children out of the CHIP program. “That is absolutely untrue!” Laubenberg shot back, proving her point by waving a sheet of paper. Then again, “That is absolutely untrue!”
“You know,” Anchia replied, “I can hear you yelling, but just because you yelled, it doesn't make it true.” Anchía pointed out the consequences of denying health care to the unborn. “You do know, don't you, that these are U.S. citizens?”
“But they're not born yet,” Laubenberg, a “family values” conservative, retorted. Dukes, standing behind Anchia at the back mic, whipped her head around in a shocked double take. Anchia, smelling blood, observed, “You have an anti-life amendment,” which set Laubenberg off on a loud tirade in which she claimed to be the most pro-life member of the House.
Capitol Annex snagged a video of the very-funny-if-these-weren't-actually-the-people-governing-our-state exchange last year, which we're reposting below.