The American Taliban had their way with the women of Texas last night…
Texas Senate passes controversial abortion bill
AUSTIN, Texas — After more than eight hours of debate, the plan to enact some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion regulations was approved 19-11 by the Texas Senate late Friday.
This issue – which will restrict abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and put in place regulations so strict that only a handful of abortion clinics, including one in Fort Worth, likely will remain – thrust Texas into the national limelight and drew thousands of activists for and against the legislation to the state Capitol to witness the debate.
As the roar of thousands could be heard inside the normally quiet Senate chambers, senators were poised to vote along party lines to approve the measure and send it to Gov. Rick Perry, who is expected to quickly sign it into law.
I still do not understand why the Republicans believe they have the right to tell women what to do with their own bodies. Those decisions should be left to a woman, her family and her team of medical professionals. Is this part of the “small government” the Republicans are always talking about? I really do believe that Texas just turned blue.
In other news, we have further proof that you simply cannot a believe a word the Republicans say…
Protesters Question Report on Confiscations
The Texas Department of Public Safety said Friday that officers had discovered more than a dozen jars containing “suspected” feces and urine at the Texas Capitol, the site of an intense debate among state senators over abortion restrictions.
In a press release, the agency offered scant details about the seizures and did not say where the items were taken or what happened to them, prompting abortion rights activists to express doubts about the official account.
The department said the items were found after the agency received information that protesters had planned to use a “variety of items or props to disrupt legislative proceedings at the Texas Capitol.”
“During these inspections, DPS officers have thus far discovered one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint,” the news release said. “All of these items — as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti possessed by individuals — were required to be discarded; otherwise those individuals were denied entry into the gallery.”
DPS officers outside the Senate gallery and at each entrance to the Capitol told The Texas Tribune they had not seen or found jars containing feces or urine, and multiple officers throughout the Capitol said they had not heard of any jars being found until a reporter mentioned it. Several officers also said they had not heard anything on the DPS radio system about jars of any excrement.