Texas Republicans, having realized how inept they are at governing for the here and now, have decided to begin legislating the “what if”; to no one’s surprise, the focus of their futuristic governing is… wait for it… us durned wimmin.
Having been totally impotent (figuratively and probably literally) in combating the state’s perpetually high poverty rate, pitiful child welfare stats, number 4 ranking in teen births (number 1 in multiple teen births), extremely undereducated populace, and ever-growing rate of uninsured residents among numerous other things, Texas Republicans have now written a bill that will someday, maybe, ban abortions at six weeks. As Salon reports :
With the ink barely dry on Texas’ sweeping new abortion law, three Republican members of the state House on Thursday filed a so-called “fetal heartbeat” ban, a measure that would criminalize abortion as early as six weeks, before most women even know they’re pregnant…
… Unlike North Dakota’s six-week abortion ban, the Texas bill, if passed, would only go into effect 90 days after “a finding of fact made by the attorney general that: (1) the United States Supreme Court has issued a decision overruling Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973); (2) any other state or federal court has issued an order or judgment restoring, expanding, or clarifying the authority of states to wholly or partly prohibit or regulate abortion under the United States Constitution; or (3) an amendment to the United States Constitution that restores, expands, or clarifies the authority of states to wholly or partly prohibit or regulate abortion has been adopted.
In keeping with Conservative tradition, these guys are wasting taxpayer money writing legislation they know will most likely be struck down by the courts because hey, you have to at least look like you’re doing something. So what else have Texas’ “representatives” been up to in 2013? RH Reality Check keeps watch on all things reproductive; here’s a small sample from their list of Texas Republicans’ “priorities” in 2013:
HB 309: …would ban abortion “when based on the sex of the unborn child” and make performing such an abortion a class B misdemeanor for a physician…
[Even though there is no evidence that this is even an issue in this country]
HB 997: would ban abortion coverage under insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, except in cases of a “life-threatening physical condition” on behalf of the pregnant person.
[If you don't know your pregnancy will be life threatening, how do you purchase that insurance coverage ahead of time?]
HB 1057, SB 521: would ban “an entity or individual that performs abortions or an affiliate of an entity or individual that performs abortions” from providing sex education curriculum or sex education itself in Texas public schools.
[Because we all know you don't want sex-ed taught by anyone who's actually knowledgeable about/had sex]
SB 97: …would increase restrictions on medication abortions (the RU-486 pill regimen), demanding that doctors prescribe the pills according to outdated Food and Drug Administration guidelines, effectively setting the practice of good medicine back more than a decade…
[I'm sure they would have preferred a century, to keep it in the same time frame as everything else their party stands for]
Texas is not alone in their efforts to set women back; as Politicus USA reported in April:
Republicans at the state level alone proposed and/or passed 694 provisions to regulate women’s reproductive rights just in the first three months of 2013. According to a report by The Guttmacher Institute, ”During the first three months of the year, legislators have introduced 694 provisions on these issues, and 93 have been approved by at least one legislative body.”
Don’t be fooled for one minute that this is simply an abortion issue; legislation such as declaring a fertilized egg a person, if successful, would restrict or totally ban certain forms of birth control. Make no mistake, the Republican goal is to force women to have children, and the majority of these bills are being written by men (many of whom don’t even know how female reproduction works).
These over-reaching attempts to legislate child-bearing are not only women’s issues, they are intrusions into the family planning rights of men as well; it is imperative that our husbands/wives, brothers/sisters, sons/daughters, fathers/mothers understand how this affects all of us.
We Can Put a Stop to This Nonsense in 2014!
We here at ATD do our best to keep you informed about the anti-women legislation coming out of Republican legislatures in Washington and across the country via our series The Republican War on Women: They Deny, We Document. This unending Republican onslaught can be wearying, so I thought I’d include some of the best War On Women images from the web because, through it all, it’s important to keep a sense of humor. Please share liberally.
Nick Anderson Houston Chronicle.
Keep up the fight!