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[Image: a black and white photo of a late-term sonogram of a human fetus. End description.]

Court Upholds Sonogram Law in Texas

“….and this important sonogram legislation ensures that every Texas woman seeking an abortion has all the facts about the life she is carrying and understands the devastating impact of such a life-ending decision.”

And all the invasive procedures too.

"All the facts"? How stupid do you think we are? Do you honestly think we have no idea what the embryo/fetus looks like? Do you people think we go into an abortion clinic thinking we’re getting STD treatment? Of course we know what the damn thing looks like! All this accomplishes is anti-choice guilt-tripping. Requiring sonograms is unacceptable. Shame on you, Texas.

"Yo dawg, I heard you hate women, so I put an invasive device in your vagina so you can cry while get invaded!"

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Signs Bill De-Funding Planned Parenthood


It’s official in Texas, as Governor Rick Perry, a pro-life Republican, on Monday ceremonially signed SB 7, a health care measure containing language that would revoke the taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

[Image: the blue Planned Parenthood logo.]

The governor was joined by Sen. Jane Nelson and Rep. John Zerwas at the signing ceremony.

“This will defund Planned Parenthood, stop taxpayer funding of elective abortions, and regulate adult stem cell research in Texas,” says Texas Alliance for Life.


Here’s an unbiased source. It’s for real. Since we all know how much this site likes to lie and all.

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Eight different state legislatures have so-called personhood bills


Eight different state legislatures throughout the United States of America have bills before them which would change the definition of “person” to “the moment of conception and implantation in the womb.” These so-called personhood bills and ballot initiatives want to make abortion and contraceptive pills illegal. Republican lawmakers in Alabama (‘the term “persons” as used in the Code of Alabama 1975, shall include all humans from the moment of fertilization and implantation into the womb.’ (27:55 - The Rachel Maddow Show, June 8, 2011)), Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Iowa, Georgia and Texas have all introduced similar measures in their State Houses, Texas’ Senate and Mississippi has Initiative Measure No. 26. Mississippi’s ballot initiative No. 26 has been organized by PersonhoodUSA - an anti-abortion group which wants to introduce measures in every state - just recently started a state-wide tour called “Conceived in Rape,” which touts the fact that they want to force rape victims to bear their rapists’ child. 

This is the state of abortion in the United States. 

This week is the 45th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Griswold v. Connecticut ruling (1965) which legalized birth control in the US. Estelle Griswold worked for Planned Parenthood and helped married couples plan their families and access birth control - which was, obviously, legally dicey at the time. Griswold was arrested in 1961 for breaking Connecticut’s 1879 law on preventing conception, fought all the way to the USSC and won.

Eight. Goddamn. States.

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Texas House votes to strip funds from public hospitals that perform elective abortions


That’s right. Hospitals. Never mind the Emergency Department, the cardiology ward, the surgeries and the ICUs - if they ever do abortions there, DEFUND THEM.

The taxpayer-supported hospitals also would lose state funding if they “contract or affiliate with other organizations, agencies or entities that provide or refer for abortion or abortion-related services.”

The provision was one of two anti-abortion measures tacked on to a big health care bill that is needed to help balance the two-year state budget. The other, by Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, would require women and their doctors to fill out and submit to the state detailed questionnaires about their abortions.

Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, author of the main bill, said the Zedler amendment was designed to help “generate lawsuits” against abortion providers.

and also to punish the people who depend on public institutions for their health care. Let’s not forget that.

Last month, GOP leaders in a House-Senate conference committee stripped from a Medicaid-overhaul bill a similar amendment by Rep. Jim Landtroop, R-Plainview.

Landtroop’s provision was broader, applying to all hospitals and clinics. Democrats and some hospital executives objected that it did not define what would be considered an “abortion-related service” and could apply to such services as women’s health counseling, crisis pregnancy centers and any facility that performs sonograms or administers the “morning-after pill.”

Mostly along party lines, the House tentatively approved the sprawling health savings bill, 91-47.

On voice votes and with little discussion, members approved amendments that would let Texas seek federal permission to completely redesign the Medicaid program for the poor — and possibly sweep Texas seniors on Medicare into private health insurance policies.

I’m so sorry, Texas. 

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3 years ago
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Texans for Reproductive Rights – It’s Now or Never to Fight Back


Crossposted from my blog:

PLEASE RE-BLOG!!!! (This is so important it deserves 4 exclamation points, at least)

I have a good friend who lobbies on behalf of reproductive rights in the state.  They have asked to remind anonymous but they want to get the following information out to as many people as fast as possible.  PLEASE re-post, tweet, paste all over Facebook.  Get the word out!

Republican Texas Legislature Seeks to Suppress Women and Cut Off Access to Birth Control

May 25, 2011

The Texas Legislature has been meeting since January to debate a grim budget prospective for the next two years. In a session where money is tight and there are many losers, Women are losing the most.

The anti abortion groups and the Republican party have single handedly ensured that it will be next to impossible for low income women to have access to healthcare and contraceptives through Family Planning services. The Republicans have continued to chip away at funding for family planning until there is virtually nothing left. They say that it’s about defunding Planned Parenthood and ending abortion, but there is no better way to end abortion than to engage in Family Planning. After all if a pregnancy never occurs there is no choice to be made.

So what does this mean for Texas? With no access to family planning services women will not be able to afford birth control which means the unplanned pregnancy rate will go up. This also means the abortion rate will go up because 50% of unplanned pregnancies end in abortion. Of the births that come to term most will be paid for through Medicaid which means an estimated increase of $300 Million to the Texas Medicaid budget over the next 2 years.

This can all be prevented by fully funding Family Planning. In Texas there are only 8 Planned Parenthoods and there are 78 stand-alone family planning clinics who have NOTHING to do with abortion never have and never will. Those 78 family planning clinics have prevented 80,000 abortions over the last 2 years. The Anti Abortion Groups do a lot of talking about ending abortions but these family planning clinics are actually doing something tangible about ending abortions. If the funding for family planning is not restored in the state budget these stand-alone family planning clinics will be forced to close leaving no other alternative for women than Planned Parenthood.

If you believe that women have a right to control when they have a child through family planning please call your State Senator & State Representative. Your voice will make a difference. Calls must be made before this Friday, May 27, 2011. To find out who your State Senator & State Representatives are go to

For more reading from the press on this issue try the following links:

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3 years ago
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Check out this awesome sticker ILoveBender sent me. We met at the Rally to Restore Sanity in D.C. over the summer and she said I absolutely needed this sticker she picked up. Thanks, Em, I love it. (for those not in-the-know, TFN is the Texas Freedom Network who fights on behalf of public school students and teachers against the Christian right’s invasion). Now I just have to figure out where to display it. Car? Amp?

I feel like I’ve done a good job of this today.

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"They Have No Voice, They Have No Choice" - Pro-Life Texas

Anyone remember this from a few months ago? Nothing sums up the anti-choice movement better than that self-chosen line.