Oh, they think they are so moral. They think they are defending babies. They frame the debate as defending babies against those horrible doctors and women who want to (gasp) kill babies! They say shame on you, you baby killers. We won’t let you do that. They are so sure their hearts are in the right place, that God is on their side. They put the rights of the unborn above the rights of the women who must surrender their bodies to the state. Such is the freedom loving state of Texas.
The Texas Senate gave final passage on Friday to one of the strictest anti-abortion measures in the country, legislation championed by Gov. Rick Perry, who rallied the Republican-controlled Legislature late last month after a Democratic filibuster blocked the bill and intensified already passionate resistance by abortion-rights supporters.
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and hold abortion clinics to the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers, among other requirements. Its supporters say that the strengthened requirements for the structures and doctors will protect women’s health; opponents argue that the restrictions are actually intended to put financial pressure on the clinics that perform abortions and will force most of them to shut their doors.
Mr. Perry applauded lawmakers for passing the bill, saying “Today the Texas Legislature took its final step in our historic effort to protect life.” Legislators and anti-abortion activists, he said “tirelessly defended our smallest and most vulnerable Texans and future Texans.”
When self righteous politicians and pious religious ideologues take the personhood away from women and usurp the prerogatives of doctors, priorities are seriously askew.
The people who want government to get out of their business, and let their fertilizer factories blow up for lack of regulation, have no problem with government taking all rights away from women. That’s what forcing a woman to carry an embryo to term means – taking away all her rights, for the crime of being pregnant.
The governor who let an innocent man die from a state administered lethal injection is defending babies. Provided they aren’t born yet. After they are born, fuck ‘em.
Texas. What an embarrassment to America.