Wednesday, July 17th was the day in Austin Texas when two men were charged in the rape of a 13 year old girl. They were just two of the 10 who were involved with the gang rape of this innocent 13 year old child. While some were raping the child, the others cheered.
The next day, on Thursday July 18,th Republican lawmakers in Austin Texas, led by Rick Perry, were cheering about another kind of rape. It was the passage of the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. since the passage of Roe v. Wade. House Bill 2 would ban not only abortions after 20 weeks gestation (4 weeks earlier than Roe v. Wade) , but the bill goes further to impose new regulations on the use of RU-486. That is the drug of choice for an early abortion, up to 63 days after the start of the last menstrual period. For such early terminations, thedrug has been 95-98% successful.Thus, Rick Perry, and Texas lawmakers have lodged a full frontal attack on abortion rights of all kinds!
The amazing thing is that Perry and other Republican Texas law makers have justified their actions by portraying themselves as the champions of “women’s health.”
Republican Representative Glenn Hegar was quoted :
“There has been no other piece of legislation that I have ever worked on — nor any that I will ever work on — that has weighed so heavy on my mind, on my heart and literally on my soul,” Hegar said.
Rick Perry himself was quoted:
“This is an important day for those who support life and for those who support the health of Texas women,”
“In signing House Bill 2, we celebrate and further cement the foundation on which the culture of life in Texas is built.”
“ This legislation builds on the strong and unwavering commitment we have made to defend life and protect women’s health. I am proud of our lawmakers, and citizens who tirelessly defended our smallest and most vulnerable Texans and future Texans.”
Instead of focusing on the horror of women, girls, and children raped and sexually abused in Texas, Perry has lodged an attack on all abortion rights in Texas. Instead of making it easier for the 13 year old girl to receive the medical services she might need if she should become pregnant, following this gang rape, Perry has made it harder for her and for victims like her. The gang rape of the 13 year old girl was recorded on cell phones of some of the men involved in the attack. The vote of the Texas Legislature was also recorded on video, but it probably won’t be introduced in evidence in any criminal proceeding, although it probably should be.
Unfortunately this 13 year old victim in Austin is just one of many victims of rape, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking in Texas, and the United States. It was April of 2010 that charges were filed against 14 adults and three juveniles in Cleveland Texas, a small town outside Houston, for the gang rape of an 11 year old girl. At least 15 of those charged were convicted.
As lawmakers and “right to life” advocated across the country focus millions of dollars and thousands of hours of time on their cause, the plight of victims of sexual abuse seems to be of only momentary interest. When Ariel Castro was arrested and charged with abduction, imprisonment, and rape of young women14, 16, and 20 years old it made headlines for maybe three days. Who even remembers the story out of California of a 16 year old girl raped, beaten, robbed, and abused for over two hours, by six men , as 20 people watched and did nothing to stop or even report the crime.
It’s been about a year since the gang rape of the teenage girl in Steubenville by football players. The boys involved were tried in Juvenile Court and received one and two year sentences.
These were the same boys who said:
“she is so dead”
“She is deader than Trayvon Martin”
“You didn’t see how they carried her out…they peed on her, that’s how you know she’s dead.”
“She’s so raped right now.”
At the trial of these rapists, their attorney called one of the defendants a “family-oriented, loving, young man.”
After these guys get out of jail, maybe they will move to Texas and run for Governor?