Representative Sean Duffy concluded his four-terms long stint in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, but not before taking one last dig at a few marginalized communities, including LGBTQ people and women.
The anti-gay Republican from Wisconsin issued a statement in which he said that it was “absolutely imperative to protect the lives of unborn gay children” by passing an anti-abortion law in the Badger or State.
He cited a recent study that estimated that between 8 to 25% of fetuses might carry “gay genes”, and the former reality-TV-star argued in a press release that this could result in “the termination of pregnancies by parents who don’t wish to have a gay child”.
What he left out, however, was that there are no actual tests that can determine if a fetus has any of these “gay genes”.
Director of federal reproductive rights for the National Women’s Law Center Leila Abolfazli told Rewire. News that there’s no indication that this would happen, first of all, and she thinks the premise of the bill basically acknowledges that there’s discrimination against LGBTQ people. Republicans, however, are doing nothing to protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination on an everyday basis, and the way he’s approaching it is even more offensive.
Duffy voted against extending workplace protections to LGBTQ people and he has long opposed gay marriage.