What Fresh Hell Is This?

June 26, 2013

Texas Literally Turns Back the Clock on Women's Rights. Democracy Aborted. (UPDATE: WIN!)

Senator Wendy Davis (D) filibustered in the Texas state legislature for 13 hours yesterday in order to prevent a vote on a bill which would unconstitutionally criminalize all abortions after 20 weeks, close all but five of Texas clinics that provide abortions and defund Planned Parenthood. Aside from not being allowed to eat or go to the bathroom, she wasn't even allowed to lean against the podium. And, unlike filibusters you may have seen before, she had to stay germane to the topic -- no reading from the phone book -- and the decision as to whether or not she 'strayed' from the topic was decided by the men of the GOP.

Right before midnight -- the deadline for voting -- it was declared that she had achieved a third strike because she was talking about forced invasive ultrasounds which somehow wasn't on topic. Hundreds in the audience erupted in chants of "Let her speak!" as a bunch of men debated her right to continue and -- no surprise -- decided that she could not.

Then they took a vote on the bill -- over 100,000 watched a live stream of the vote, which occurred AFTER MIDNIGHT -- meaning too late to pass the bill.

So what did the legislature do? They turned back the clock on the vote just as they turned back the clock on women's reproductive rights.

Here's the original actual recorded time of the vote on the legislature's website which happened at 12:02 AM TODAY:

Here's the forged one which they are claiming took place at 11:57 PM yesterday:

Here's the actual time stamp:

And then they arrested the audience who were protesting the illegal vote.

Democracy. Too bad we don't have one in Texas.

Or as was tweeted by Martha Plimpton:
Yep, Texas finally found a real instance of voter fraud.



Gloria said...

Texas boys learned that only Cher can turn back time.

Maria Lupinacci said...


Penguins rule said...

Second 'house of horrors' abortion clinic where doctor 'twisted heads off fetus' necks with his bare hands' is investigated in Texas
Houston doctor Douglas Karpen is accused by four former employees of delivering live babies during third-trimester abortions and killing them
Witnesses said he would either snip their spinal cords, stab a surgical instrument into their heads or twist their heads off with his hands
Texas Department of State Health Services is using in its investigating of the doctor
Accusations come days after Dr Kermit Gosnells was found guilty of murdering newborns at his Philadelphia abortion clinic

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325786/Douglas-Karpen-Second-house-horrors-abortion-clinic-investigated-Texas.html#ixzz2XNKjI2jb
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Yep, this was a real victory.

Maria Lupinacci said...

Well obviously if he's a doctor and he did wrong and broke the law then all doctors should be outlawed. You do understand that is according to your own 'logic.' Of course, you only want that kind of 'logic' narrowly applied to abortion. I assume, for example, you don't want to outlaw dentistry because of the dentist who gave people HIV.

And of course, if you outlaw abortion you'll only create more Gosnells...

Penguins rule said...

The bill in question would make abortion illegal beyond 20 weeks’ gestation, would require abortion clinics to meet the standards of other ambulatory surgery centers and would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. That sounds like regulation to me. Liberals believe everything from Wall Street, to energy companies, to insurance companies, to any other type of industry you can think of needs more regulation. Just don't touch the sacrosanct abortion industry.l,

Maria Lupinacci said...

There are already numerous and onerous regulations in most states covering abortion from forced waiting periods and counseling to medically unnecessary and invasive ultrasounds to unconstitutional 20-week or less bans. See charts here.

The new, additional Texas restrictions are simply punitive. They are not designed to protect women -- as they claim -- they are designed to push the limits as far as possible to ending a women's right to have an abortion. And some of the 'reasoning' given for the new restrictions by TX lawmakers would be hilarious if it wasn't for the fact that they'll hurt women and girls. Everything from the 'arguments' that "In the emergency room they have what's called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out" to wanting to make the cutoff at 15 weeks because male fetuses masturbate in the womb at that age -- they don't.

A twenty week or earlier ban is unconstitutional because Roe V. Wade is still the law of the land and it's based on viability and 20 weeks is not viable.

Requiring abortion clinics to "meet the standards of other ambulatory surgery centers" is punitive because it requires that even of clinics that do not offer surgical abortions -- that only administer abortion-inducing drugs. Does your family physician need to have an office that meets ambulatory surgery centers if she/he isn't doing surgery? No, of course not!

The same goes for requiring all abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals -- not required of other non surgeons and also not possible because if nearby hospitals are Catholic-affiliated (which is increasingly likely) or simply don't want to be caught up in abortion controversy, they won't give privileges.