They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and apparently that includes the level of misogyny of Texas Republican lawmakers. On Thursday, literally hours after Governor Rick Perry signed into law an unconstitutional ban on abortion at 20 weeks, three Texas legislators introduced a bill to ban it at six weeks — when, according to them, a heart beat is discernible.
“So-called ‘heartbeat‘ bills are so radical that they divide the anti-choice community. In addition to criminalizing the vast majority of abortions, they also mandate invasive ultrasound procedures for women seeking abortions,” Tara Culp-Ressler at Think Progress notes:
In order to detect a fetal heartbeat so early in a pregnancy, doctors typically have to use a transvaginal probe.
Earlier this year, North Dakota became the first state to pass a six-week heartbeat ban. It currently represents the most stringent abortion ban the country has seen since Roe v. Wade first legalized the procedure, and it’s being challenged in court for overstepping Roe.
Conveniently for the anti-abortion crowd, many if not most women don’t even know at six weeks that they are pregnant, much less have made the decision to seek an abortion, so almost by default the bill would be the end to all abortion in Texas.
Add that to the fact that should a woman in Texas at, say, five and a half weeks, want to have an abortion, she’d likely soon have to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic that is legally able to perform one — and expensive and time-consuming exercise unavailable to many inTexas, thanks to Governor Perry’s anti-worker policies.
Governor Perry’s bill, signed yesterday, will close at least 37 of the Lone Star state’s 42 women’s clinics that until yesterday could perform abortions safely — and legally.
One interesting note for the LGBT community and our allies. The “heartbeat bill” is a nationwide project, and a website by that name dedicated to its promotion calls it “AMERICA’S MOST EFFECTIVE PRO-LIFE BILL.”
That website is registered to extreme anti-gay activist Janet Porter, who runs Faith2Action.
Porter lists the usual anti-gay suspects as supporters of the bill, including these folks:
Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State
Dr. James Dobson, Founder, Focus on the Family
Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator
Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House
Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
Congressman Louie Gohmert
Congressman Steve King
Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas
Jay Alan Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice
Walter Weber, Senior Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice
Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council Action
David F. Forte, Constitutional Law Professor, Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family under Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI
John G. Farnan, President, National Lawyers Assoc. former President, Cleveland Right to Life
Richard Thompson, President & Chief Counsel, Thomas More Law Center
Roy Moore, former Chief Justice, Alabama Supreme Court
James Robison, LIFE Outreach International, Host of Life Today TV Show
Gary Bauer, President, American Values
Dr. Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America
Tim Wildmon, President, American Family Assoc.
Wendy Wright, former President, Concerned Women for America
Mat Staver, Dean of Liberty Law School
Cynthia Dunbar, Law Professor, Liberty Univ.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Bishop Harry Jackson
Phillip L. Jauregui, Judicial Action Group
Rick Joyner, President Oak Initiative
Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspective Ministries
Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Caucus for America
Dr. Jim Garlow, Chairman, Renewing American Leadership
Abby Johnson, pro-life speaker, author
Andrea Lafferty, Traditional Values Coalition
Barret Duke:, Southern Baptist Convention
Bishop E W Jackson Sr., President, Stand America
Don Feder, World Congress of Families
Ken Hutcherson, Pastor of Antioch Bible Church and Former NFL player
The anti-gay hate machine knows its losing, and needs funding to stay alive. These people are going to keep doing their usual jobs — just with a different “cause” to keep them in business.
Photo: Pro-choice supporters yesterday during anti-abortion bill signing. Image by Okay Lady via Twitter
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