xeni at July 13th, 2013 13:56 — #1
The NYT's John Schwartz, who is himself from Texas, live-tweeted the dramatic proceedings yesterday in the Texas Senate surrounding one of the strictest anti-abortion measures in the country, pushed forward by governor Rick Perry. No surprise: the law passed. Read John's coverage today, and weep. The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy… READ THE REST
girard at July 13th, 2013 14:05 — #2
“Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life.”
A funny thing to say in the state with the highest death penalty statistics of any U.S. state.
milliefink at July 13th, 2013 14:06 — #3
Perry thanked lawmakers for passing the bill: “Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life.” A funny thing to say about a law that puts the lives and health of women in unprecedented danger, along with their children.
And a funny thing to hear from the governor of a state that executes prisoners faster than shit through a goose.
bzishi at July 13th, 2013 14:09 — #4
This was expected. What I worry about now is how this will be reviewed by the courts. If this gets to the Supreme Court today, I am not so sure that Roe v. Wade would still stand. I hope that at least Scalia or Thomas retires by then.
xeni at July 13th, 2013 14:13 — #5
That's an excellent point.
tac at July 13th, 2013 14:19 — #6
In a state where they have more laws dictating reproductive rights than making sure your plant won't blow up and kill people, one has to wonder how the hell they manage to justify this in their own minds.
It would be awesome if they put as much effort into fixing actual problems in society.
boundegar at July 13th, 2013 14:33 — #7
I'm sure this culture of life is going to compel them to beef up SNAP and WIC and Head Start.
scooter at July 13th, 2013 14:34 — #8
Texas, welcome to Mississippi.
solowl at July 13th, 2013 14:49 — #9
While Texas is far and away up there, still a bit misleading. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/state-execution-rates
chrisdag at July 13th, 2013 14:57 — #10
The clinics just need to reincorporate as fertilizer plants and then they'd have nothing to worry about.
nemomeno at July 13th, 2013 15:12 — #11
That's the goal. Once Roberts was appointed the Pro-lifers started pushing these bills in every state they could.
mrmark at July 13th, 2013 15:31 — #12
I'm sure he was against our constant military interventions too
mrmark at July 13th, 2013 15:32 — #13
A population that elects people hoping they will restrict their lives? Funny but if they did this with gun control I bet people would crap their pants.
jeffdotraymond at July 13th, 2013 15:55 — #14
The likely situation would be one where the 24 week viability standard in Roe would be replaced by either a 20 week viability standard (which wouldn't make much sense scientifically today) or a new standard of fetal pain (more likely given the point of these bills). There aren't enough votes on the Supreme Court to touch Roe currently - Scalia, Thomas, and maybe Alito are the only overturns there.
spinkter at July 13th, 2013 16:31 — #15
The only way that Texas will ever change its stripes will be if the influx of newcomers changes the political demography. If you're of the liberal stripe, and you've been thinking about moving to Texas (to take a job or something), then know that you're more than welcome here.
The state is becoming increasingly purple, and it's not as bad as you think. Did you know that Houston is the most ethnically diverse city in the US (surpassing LA and NYC)? Or that all of Texas' major cities are, for the most part, Blue? The GOP in Texas knows its days are numbered; the gerrymandering in Texas is frantic.
And don't listen to the idiots who loudly proclaim that they don't want any more newcomers to Texas, they're wrong. Especially the ones from Austin. Jesus Imaginary Christ, they're the worst.
Political change in Texas is definitely possible, but only with the help of you, the newcomer.
marilove at July 13th, 2013 16:33 — #16
Don't you know? Small government. Except when it comes to women and our bodies. Then it's big government in our vaginas, all the way.
mattdm at July 13th, 2013 16:43 — #17
The battle of the Alamo (and the Texas Revolution in general) was largely about retaining slavery, although of course all couched in high language about federalism vs. centralism. The protection of the right to choose was brought to Texas by the central power of the central United States, overriding the state law. So, it's kind of ironic to be calling up the Alamo on this side of the issue.
martian at July 13th, 2013 17:16 — #18
Next on the Republican docket: Bounties on witches.
gmbradley at July 13th, 2013 17:18 — #19
Part of me thinks "well at least it's not as bad as Ireland" but the other part realises at least that country's laws are crawling in the right direction.
ereiamjh at July 13th, 2013 17:19 — #20
If only he'd been a fetus. Btw, the same people were raising holy hell over Terry Schaivo:
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