Texans have a New Abortion Law. Americans have a New Political Reality.

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Texans have a new abortion law.

Americans have a new political reality. 

The Texas legislature passed the much-ballyhooed abortion law which would require abortion doctors to have hospital privileges and abortion clinics to provide the same health and safety standards as other outpatient surgical clinics. They crossed the finish line on this bill late last night amid what can only be described as a mob assault on the Texas state capitol.

The reason I chose the words “mob assault” is that the focus of at least a good number of the citizens who came to the Texas capitol was to use mob action to shut down the legislative process. Consider, for instance, this statement issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety:

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today received information that individuals planned to use a variety of items or props to disrupt legislative proceedings at the Texas Capitol.

Therefore for safety purposes, DPS recommended to the Texas Senate that all bags be inspected prior to allowing individuals to enter the Senate gallery, which the Texas Senateauthorized.

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. 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.

In the interest of the safety and security of Texas legislators and the general public, these inspections will continue until the conclusion of Senate business.

I am all in favor of citizens visiting their state capitols. I think the people of this nation should pay a lot more attention to what their lawmakers are up to than they do now. I believe that every person in this country has a right to talk to their elected officials and to petition them concerning the issues and legislation they are voting on. 

We are, every single elected one of us, representatives of the people who put us here. We can’t know what the people who elected us want from us unless they tell us. Polls and things of that ilk are not a substitute for direct personal input with the people themselves. 

On the other hand, when a group of people try to use mob action to shut down the legislative process, they are attacking democracy. The people who were so bent on disrupting the Texas legislature would not have needed to be there at all if they had been able to take their cause to the court of public opinion and win elections. By trying to disrupt the legislative session with mob action, they were, in effect, attempting to overturn the elections which put the legislators in that chamber to cast those votes.

Political Campaign

If you don’t like what your legislator does with the power you gave them when you elected them, then run against them for election. If  you don’t want to run, then go out and volunteer to help someone else run. Put up yard signs. Make phone calls. Hand out literature. Donate money. 

That is the way to change the face of government in this country. It is a power we all have, and which we are giving away to special interests and money men when we don’t use it. 

There is a new kid on the political block, and it’s a yammering, spoiled, mean-spirited little brat who wants what it wants when it wants it and doesn’t care what damage it does to this country to get it. The bad behavior of some of the protestors in Texas is paralleled by the sudden rash of elected officials, Attorneys General, in particular, who run for office, get elected, and then find that their superior morality requires them to refuse to do the job they were elected to. 

We’re going to have to start arresting these people who come to state capitols and try to use mob action to shut down the legislative process. I don’t want to do that. I want people to feel free to go to their capitols and to talk to their legislators about whatever is on their minds. But we cannot allow mobs of people who cannot win an election try to overturn elections by shutting down the Democratic process by means of creating such havoc that they stop debate.  

Impeach

At the same time, we need to consider impeaching or at least defeating at the polls duly elected chief law enforcement officers who refuse to speak for the people in court. When an Attorney General of a state will not represent the people who elected him or her in court, they are derelict in their duty. They are using a sort of don’t-show-up-in-court-and-deliberately-lose-the-case veto power over the legislative and referendum process. They are making themselves the judge of what it is not their job to be the judge — the will and the power of the people of their state to make their own laws. 

Both of these extreme behaviors — the mob actions in Texas and other states, and the newfound desire to veto legislation by not showing up in court on the part of Attorneys General — are attempts to subvert the will of the people, and to nullify the actions of a representative government. 

I view both these behaviors as the natural outcome of the moral depravity of the positions some citizens are taking. It corrupts and hardens a person to support killing unborn babies. It scrambles the normal thinking processes to convince yourself of something as stupid as the idea that two men or two women are the same as a man and a woman. This is untrue on its face. 

Genuinely pro choice (as opposed to pro abortion) people have legitimate points. Much of what concerns them about the misogynistic treatment of women is well-founded. By the same token, homosexuals have legitimate claims to civil rights and protection under the law. However, the pretense that an unborn baby is not a human being, or that a homosexual union is the same as the marriage between a man and a woman, flies in the face of reality. 

Laws enacted according to these fantasies are always going to cause great harm, because they are not based on the reality of the human condition. People who advocate for these positions, will, over time, harm themselves and their thinking abilities. 

It saddens me, but it doesn’t surprise me, to see the destructiveness to our political fabric ratcheting up with each twist of the political dial. It is the inevitable consequence of the fantastical thinking many people use in forming their worldview.  

  • Evangelist Roger Griffith

    I know its very devastating what the people of this use to be God blessed nation. Why should God Bless America!
    I really can’t speak concerning what the people and our government is doing to this nation. It would on bring bitterness, anguish, and hate to my spirit, and that is one of the most tricks that the devil can use. My Love for my God, Jesus Christ is deeper than politics, evilness, and the people I don’t really know Spiritually what is going to happen. When God pours out his wrath, I mean fully upon this world, then I believe their eyes will open, at this to late time. Revelation John spoke by inspiration of God in chapter 22:11 KJV;
    He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. So, at this hour we live in, this would be my and for all the good and evil people, to live. If a man or woman needs help, if I can i will help them to find the good Lord Jesus Christ. God Bless sister

  • oregon catholic

    Good post! I’m somewhat less concerned about mob protests. I don’t really object as long as the protest doesn’t get out of control. I personally believe a large crowd of silent people standing still and holding signs gets more attention because the crowd isn’t giving the spectators anything to disagree with that shifts the focus off the message.

    The really telling thing about this mob though are the things that were confiscated. Those simply speak to dispicable character and make me realize anew just what the evil is (a person) that is driving the hearts and minds of people who gather to fight for the right to kill the unborn.

    • Bill S

      These women are not evil. I don’t condone trying to sneak in urine and feces. I can’t imagine what they intended to do. They are fanatics. There are fanatics on both sides of the issue. Everyone knows that it is an unconstitutional law anyway.

      • oregon catholic

        You can’t imagine what they were going to do? Oh, come off it. You know as well as I do that they were going to throw it on pro-life protestors and any lawmaker voting for the bill. It wouldn’t surprise me if they went out of their way to get feces from persons infected with a communicable disease either. A mind that would do one would do the other in a heartbeat.

        • Bill S

          I don’t go by the actions of a few misguided fanatics.

  • Tom Quiner

    Eloquent as always, Rebecca. It strikes me that much of the progress made by the Left in the social arena has been in spite of the democratic process rather than because of it.

    • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

      I agree! I’ve said it before. The left shoves their agenda down our throats. Conservatives are much more prudent (sometimes too prudent) and to their credit try to achieve a consensus.

  • Dale

    I was dismayed by the mob veto of the abortion legislation during the previous special session of the Texas legislature. And the items confiscated from protesters during this session is even more upsetting.

    Laws should be enacted civilly, or overturned civilly. Violent protests are not warranted. In the US, there are many ways to produced change: the ballot box, the courts, boycotts, organizing public outrage etc.

    Court challenges to the new Texas law are already being planned. Offhand, I think the requirement that abortion clinics which do not provide surgical abortions need to meet the expensive standards of an ambulatory surgical center is vulnerable. But I guess we will see.

  • Sus_1

    http://www.texastribune.org/2013/07/12/protesters-question-dps-report-confiscations/ – this article is questioning the validity of the press release.

    “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.”

    I remember similar things being told about the Wall Street Occupiers that ended up being a bunch of lies.

    • hamiltonr

      Sus, I took that statement from a Texas newspaper. I double-checked just now, and it’s on the Texas Department of Safety’s web site here: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/media_and_communications/pr071213a.htm

      This is an official statement of the Texas Department of Safety saying that there were jars of excrement. If they put up a retraction and I see it, I’ll be happy — very happy — to publish it here.

      • Sus_1

        I have requested more information through the Public Information Act. I don’t know if I’ll hear anything back given I don’t live in Texas. I’m very suspicious of this accusation as the only time I’ve heard people doing this are people that are locked up in prison.

        http://dps.texas.gov/pia.htm

      • Sus_1

        I received an email from Texas the Texas Dept of Public Safety with the documents listed here – http://www.texastribune.org/2013/08/26/dps-documents-show-no-proof-excrements/

        There is no proof. I’m mixed as to whether I believe the claims. It seems like they would have taken pictures and found someone who saw it to make the pro-choice people look horrible.

        There’s no doubt that pro-choice advocates do dirty things in order to get their point across but that doesn’t make it right for pro-life advocates to do the same thing.

        I’m so tired of this stuff. It makes it extremely difficult to figure the truth.

  • Bill S

    The requirements for upgrading all facilities instead of just the ones that truly need upgrading has the effect of closing clinics that shouldn’t be closed thereby restricting access to abortion and other services. They should have only required upgrades for the ones that conduct surgery. They screwed up.

    • hamiltonr

      Let me see if I can interject a bit of reality here.

      ALL elective abortions are surgical procedures with the sometimes exception of a “chemical” abortion that is done with doses of a drug that is mostly used in chemotherapy called ru 486. ALL abortion clinics should be required to fulfill the health and safety requirements of an outpatient surgical center. If it was your sweet self that was going on the table, Mr Bill, I’ll bet you’d want that kind of safety for yourself.

      Even with “chemical abortions,” there has to be examination to make sure it’s not an ectopic pregnancy. (This is required in the bill.) If a woman is carrying an ectopic pregnancy and the doc gives her this drug, she can bleed to death. There also needs to be a follow-up (also required in this bill.) to make sure that the abortion is “complete.” If the abortion is not complete, the woman might hemorrhage, get a deadly intrauterine infection or even develop a rare form of cancer.

      Why do pro abortion people fight so hard to stop a law that requires doctors to practice good medicine on women seeking abortions?

      Why don’t you tell me?

      • oregon catholic

        It is because they have let themselves be controlled by Planned Parenthood. PP sets their agenda, writes the talking points, and has taught them to come to heel and bark everytime PP raises the spector of taking away abortion ‘rights’. PP has got them so controlled and so scared that they would rather sacrifice the well-being of women on the altar of PP’s financial gain (the whole reason for substandard clinics) than let one little light be shined on the issue of what goes on in the abortion industry. But then, if you can sacrifice an innocent unborn baby I guess sacrificing the mother’s welfare isn’t much of a difference.

      • vox borealis

        Bill did tell you—because in reality making abortionists behave like real, ethical doctors working in actual sanitary conditions will drive a lot of them out of business. And for members of his religion, for which abortion is the highest holiest sacrament, that’s simply unacceptable, maybe even unconstitutional.

      • Bill S

        The court decision will explain the problems with the bill better than I can. They could have done the right thing and required the upgrading for the facilities that truly were in need of upgrading but they got greedy and chose to require unreasonable standards for the clinics that the court will decide did not need to meet those standards. I might not be able to word it to your satisfaction but you know exactly what I am trying to say. I believe you have experience at having overly restrictive laws declared unconstitutional. You should be an expert on this.

  • FW Ken

    Did the French bring feces and urine to throw?

  • FW Ken

    Watching the circus here in Texas these last weeks, I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re dealing with something larger than abortion, some very deep disturbance in the American psyche. Clearly, the forces behind the abortion license are coming to light. The very mild restriction of 20 weeks is longer than European countries producing this insane, fanatical reaction is a symptom.

    Granted that some of the protesters are paid, there are still people screaming vile and hateful things in response to peaceful demonstrations, presumably because they are filled with hatred. It would be easy (and accurate) to address spiritual aspects of this insanity, but I’m really going for the human here.

    First, it’s not clear what these people want, other than an absolute right to kill the baby up to and after birth. Norma McCorvey (“Roe”) has written about how Sarah Weddington used her to get abortion laws overturned and otherwise dropped her. Weddington had fame to achieve, and trailer trash like Norma was the wrong sort, if you know what I mean. Now, Wendy Davis did drag herself out of the trailer court, literally, which means you would think she would care, unless, of course, she despises the memory of her origins. Who knows. But somehow I really don’t believe these middle-to-upper-middle class white women care about the black women having abortions. Clearly they don’t care about their medical well-being. Gosnell, it’s worth remembering, treated his white customers differently than he treated women of color.

    Then there is the money. I’ve made the point before that a lot of money flows through the abortion industry, and, it’s true, upgraded facilities will cut into the profits. They might have less to give political candidates. Wait? Has anyone looked at the campaign donation records? Any of the Planned Parenthood shells listed? Any abortion providers? Doctors? Employees? You have to think they will be well-disguised, of course, so we won’t ever know what the pay-off for the pro-choice politicians is.

    So basically, I am positing eugenics (conscious or unconscious) and money as forces behind the sneering, screaming, hags who are willing to shout down democracy.

  • vox borealis

    Protesting in the streets is one thing. That’s voicing your position. Trying to actually disrupt the legislation procedure—going into the building where the votes are cast armed with jars of feces and urine—that’s completely different. You’ll note that Rebecca actually commended the state rep who legally engaged in a filibuster tactic to stall the initial vote, even though she (Rebecca) disagreed with the pro-abortion politician. That was a legal technic. A mob storming the house to try to prevent the legislative process from taking place is, as Rebecca points out, a completely different kettle of fish. No double standard here for those willing to look beyond partisan blinders.

  • Ryan Hite

    I believe that the actions of both sides were shameful. They need to look at that law objectively and ask themselves, “is this the right thing to do?” The bill should have just been dropped because ultimately the people are affected and it looks as if the Perry family is about to get rich at the expense of the most desperate people in the state. The other side has faults too but it should have stopped because of what it represents.

    • Bill S

      Perry really thinks that this will benefit him politically. Can you imagine the disappointment that lies ahead of him?

      • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

        Your usual delusion that “Bill S = a vast majority”. I don’t suppose anyone will be able to break it, no matter how often reality intrudes.

        • Bill S

          Mark my words. Perry will be the GOP candidate for President and will lose to Hillary. Only so many people can tolerate the Christian Right. It’s not a delusion. It is reality.

          • Dave

            Perry won’t be the nominee. I’m expecting Walker of Wisconsin, Rand Paul, or Rubio. Perry is barely in the equation.

    • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

      In the classic Communist way I watched in Italy long ago, you deal with moral and political defeat by charging one representative person of the opposition – Governor Perry – with corrupt self-interest. You ignore the colossal corruption of Planned Murderhood, whose self-interest is blatant and shameless, and the fact that a majority of the voters and of the Texas Congress wanted this law enacted and passed it with every refinement of constitutional correctness. No, the only thing you want to speak about is the supposed self-interest of the Perry family. And everyone else who supported this bill? Oh, I suppose they are ignorant and easily led. You know, like anyone who would take your pitiful prance of a shred of an argument seriously.

    • FW Ken

      Ok, I’ll bite: how are the Perry’s getting rich because abortionists have to provide medically safe services?

      • Bill S

        This makes Perry a front runner in the Republican Party because of his pro-life stand. It won’t make him rich personally but it will fill the campaign coffers.

        • FW Ken

          Which brings me back to my earlier question (worth repeating): how much money has the abortion lobby poured into pro-choice campaign funds?

          • Bill S

            Whatever the amount, it would not be any great revelation. The fact of the matter is that Perry thinks that his pro-life position will win him enough votes to become President, when in reality, it will only win him enough votes to gain the Republican nomination. We all know what happens then.

            • pagansister

              Le’s hope that Perry’s ambition to be president are but a dream that will never come true!

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    I don’t know whether you are ill-informed or in hideous bad faith, though I suspect the latter. Nobody is paying the veilleus; everyone knows that ads have been published offering quite a decent wage for being abortion yellers. There was no violence at the manif pour tous except what the police initiated; the violence and hatred of the abortion yellers are there for everyone to see. And if there was a party that violated every constitutional property in France, it was the government, that literally ignored parliamentary rules to have its so-called laws passed by an assembly that had no right to pass them; whereas the Texas Congress acted wholly and fully within proper procedure. To compare the French demonstrators to the hags of Austin and their paymasters is like comparing Dr.Martin Luther King and his followers with a mob of soccer fans on the rampage.


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