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5 Reasons Why the Texas Abortion Law is Really Bad

5 Reasons Why the Texas Abortion Law is Really Bad

Over the past few weeks and months, the so-called “Christian” fundamentalists who rule the Republican Party have relentlessly pursued their obsession with banning abortion entirely, or making it well-nigh impossible to attain.

This in spite of the fact that, as Adam Lee points out in Alternet, there is actually nothing about abortion in the Bible.

That hasn’t stopped lawmakers in Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina and many other places from passing numerous pieces of anti-choice legislation — because after all, even though there’s no mention of abortion in the Bible, the Old Testament in particular reveals a sexist attitude toward women, who apparently should know their place: inferior to men.

At the federal level, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted for a bill banning all abortion after 20 weeks.

And now there’s Texas. In spite of State Senator Wendy Davis’s epic 13-hour filibuster on the night of June 25, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a controversial abortion bill, HB 2, into law on July 18 after weeks of ongoing protest against the measure. He was able to do this by calling a second special session, deliberately giving lawmakers time to push through abortion restrictions.

From ThinkProgress:

‘It is a very happy, celebratory day,’ Perry said before signing the abortion restrictions. The governor added his signature to the bill while flanked by other conservative members of the legislature, including Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R), who championed the anti-abortion measure. Laubenberg praised the governor’s legacy of ‘eternal life.’

Many in the audience disagreed with him. Silent protesters lined the capitol rotunda, wearing black clothing and holding signs proclaiming “SHAME,” while shouts of “shame” could be heard from outside the room.

HB 2 Is Really Really Bad News. Here’s Why:

1. It criminalizes abortion at 20 weeks, when women are often still getting crucial information about their health and pregnancy.

2. It will require doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals — the same medically unnecessary regulation that threatens to shut down Mississippi’s last clinic.

3. It will restrict the abortion pill, a nonsurgical means of ending a pregnancy in its earliest stages, in such a way that it may be banned entirely.

4. It will require abortion clinics to meet the standards of surgical centers, even though that won’t actually do anything to make abortion care safer. This will almost certainly result in the closure of 90 percent of the state’s clinics because of the huge cost — leaving Texas with just five facilities.

And If That Isn’t Already Horrifying Enough:

5. On the same day that Perry signed HB 2 into law, three Texas Republicans filed a measure that would criminalize abortion services after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, generally around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women even know they’re pregnant. Even worse, the bill could also mandate invasive ultrasound procedures for women seeking an abortion.

Republicans have never made their goal more transparent: criminalizing all abortions is what they are after, and they seem to be getting closer to that goal.

In their ceaseless efforts to ban abortion even in cases of rape or when the woman’s life is in danger, these legislators are stating clearly that the rights, health and well-being of women are irrelevant to them.

Nor do they care about what happens to those babies once they are born; apparently the fact that 1 in 4 children lives in poverty is also not of interest to them.

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If you believe the situation for women in Texas is outrageous, please sign our petition letting Texas lawmakers know that the fight to defend women’s health and rights isn’t over, and that we’re in it for the long run.

And thank you.

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7:24AM PDT on Sep 17, 2013

Petition signed. A woman has the right to make her own decisions about her body. If all the clinics close, that's when the woman will do ANYTHING to get rid of the baby including clothes hangers, backstreet clinics, drugs, and etc. which will be dangerous!!

3:10AM PDT on Aug 16, 2013

Ignorant, Ignorant State.

10:21AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

I agree with Tania.

10:18AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Religion, Politics and a women's rights should all be separate not intertwined.

4:38AM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

Religion should have no place in politics.... nor do fairytales...

2:18PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Karen H .......... Well done you !!! Don't forget to send your "bill" to Ryan LOL !!! Not sure he/she is bright enough to have understood everything (even though it was so well explained) but, at least, it might preclude any more stupid comments from that quarter ...... (ever the optimist ). Is it a coincidence that we often get an "influx" of things like this during the school holidays, ???? Makes you wonder ..................

12:37PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Ran out of of room again...

In your case, you expect the woman to know instantly if she’s pregnant and then take the “morning after pill”, which a lot of folks equate with abortion.
If a woman doesn't miss a period and/or the pt doesn't detect high levels of hCG, how does she know she's pregnant?

12:36PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Ryan B, here’s how it works. The sperm fertilizes the egg in the fallopian tube (not the uterus), and it takes 9-10 days (or more) for the egg to travel down the tube to the uterus, where it MIGHT implant. At this point, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is released into a woman’s blood and then into her urine. Pregnancy test kits are supposed to detect high levels of hCG in a woman’s urine, and it may take a few WEEKS for a test to accurately measure a rise in hCG.
There are two types of home pregnancy tests. One is a stick or test strip held in the stream of a woman’s first morning urine. It changes color when high levels of hCG are detected. The other test is a collection cup and a test device is dipped in the first morning urine to detect high levels of hCG.
HOWEVER, the accuracy of home pregnancy tests differ for every woman because: 1) days of menstrual cycle and ovulation can change EACH MONTH; 2) the exact day of implantation (NOT when she had sex) isn’t always known; 3) each home pt has a different sensitivity and may not accurately detect an only moderate rise in hCG. Women don’t generally use a pt until they’ve missed a period because most home pts are more accurate 5-7 days AFTER a missed period (not after sex).
In your case, you expect the woman to know instantly if she’s pregnant and then take the “morning after pill”, which a lot of folks equate with abortion.
If a woman doesn't miss a period and/or the

4:58PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

I've mentioned here before that I was once part of a network which helped women find safe abortion services before Roe/Wade. One of the many things I learned was that more than a few men THREATENED the safety of these women, knowing that they DARED to abort THEIR child!

Those experiences helped me appreciate attitudes like those of most men here...support, understanding and, ultimately, release of any influence in the woman's decision.

4:52PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

Rainbow I am not saying not to support a woman in her decision. All men should support a woman in that time of making any of the three decisions afforded a woman. What I am saying is that at the end of the day. She has to own that decision.

It is what makes Roe the hardest part. Like all medical decisions. An abortion or continuing a pregnancy is something that a woman must understand is going to be a personal decision.

Nor would I want my niece or her daughters to face a world with out Roe. You are right we are in this together. As their legal rights are degraded so are ours(men). We are all in this together. The pity is that had the republican party not invited the "religious right" we would not be fighting a battle that was not so entrenched politically.

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