Roundup: Don’t Mess With Texas!

I need to make a few things clear before we start out.  I once dated a Texan for three years.  I spent few months in Austin with him at one point.  And I got "yall" permanently stuck in my vocabulary, despite it being over 10 years ago.  Based on these facts, I feel I have earned the right to make Texas jokes. So proceed at your own peril.

Rumor has it that everything is bigger in Texas.  The land, the hats, the Bush family’s enormous egos.  So it should come as no shock that the anti-choice activists’ outrage over a new Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston is huge as well.  Dubbing it the "abortion super-center," they are planning to protest it — big time!

A national group of pro-life leaders is planning a protest in
Houston, Texas on Jan. 18, following Planned Parenthood’s announcement
that it plans to renovate a six story building into a late-term
abortion facility.

The building, formerly belonging to a bank and shaped like a cash
register, will be transformed into a 78,000 square foot clinic and is
expected to be one of the largest in the nation. It will also include a
surgical wing capable of providing late-term abortions.

Get it?  It’s a giant cash register!  Because Planned Parenthood likes to abort babies for fun and profit!

Some local reaction has been, well, amused, to say the least. "An ‘abortion super center’?" the Houston Press quips. "Does it offer a lot of hors d’oeuvres in
the aisles? Are the prices cheaper because you’re buying bulk?"

Unphased, the anti-choice movement is planning their super-sized protest for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,  in the hopes of evoking the leader in their quest to "protect the rights of unborn children," claiming that the new building is targeting minorities.

Bound 4 Life explains that the new Planned Parenthood facility is
located in the midst of four minority communities, three of them 85
percent Hispanic and one 80 percent African-American. This latest
facility, at 4600 Gulf Freeway, is the fourth in a string of new
Planned Parenthood minority-targeting "super centers" in the United
States. The others are in Colorado, Illinois, and Florida, but the new
center dwarfs even the largest of these. In fact, the only larger one
in the world is in China. Bound 4 Life claims that 76 percent of
Planned Parenthood’s facilities are strategically located in minority

As the Houston Press points out, it’s actually quite isolated from the neighborhoods, but "any old rhetorical device in a storm."

Houston Press also spoke to a Planned Parenthood spokesperson, who stated that the center isn’t actually opening for months, so the really big show will mainly be for the construction workers on the site.


Mini Roundup – It’s a "let the buyer beware" lesson today.  If you plan an illegal adoption, you’ll probably get what you pay for. And if you try to support "pro-choice" Republicans, don’t be shocked if your donations don’t go anywhere.

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January 7, 2010

Confirm: Health Negotiations Shut to Public

view: Plenty of
Democrats to be found
Duluth News Tribune

allegedly involved in
case heads to court

leaders criticize ‘abortion super center’ in Texas
Catholic News Agency

January 6, 2010

Comment On Health Reform, Abortion-Rights Fundraising, Age Of Consent

Medical News Today (press release)

Money Pit

List Chief Malcolm Retiring
National Journal

Pro-Choice Maryland Blog

outside Louisville, KY clinic start wearing fake escort vests

Medical Correspondent Gives Mixed Messages on Teen Sex

accused of drugging girlfriend to kill fetus
Salt Lake Tribune

Committee Bypass Set, Pro-Abortion Senate Bill Basis for Coming Vote

Senators Dodd and Dorgan to Retire, Set Up 2010 Election Races

Dems No Saving Grace
National Review

Abortion is
Legal But We Just Don’t Know It

voters favor
abortion ban
for federally subsidized health plans

Catholic News Agency

Cancer Institute Researcher Admits
Cancer Link True

An "
Super Center," And They’re Gonna Protest It
Houston Press

Republican Leader Says
Funding Could Defeat Health Care Bill

Washington Post pretends it not about
Washington Examiner

Accused of Giving Girlfriend Drug to Force
Caused Miscarriage

Who Killed Woman in Botched
Abortion May
Lose California Medical License

on Jesus’
Morning News

Posters Pose Threat to the Lives of
Providers Women’s Rights

Wears Scorn as a Medal in
York Times

of the Guard for Emily’s List
New York Times

Mill to Open in Houston
The New American

word is “

Bishops Embrace Anti-
Terrorizers Missy Smith and Randall Terry

rejects same sex
Sydney Morning Herald

of support’ for same-sex
ABC Online (Australia)

pregnancy rates high, help exists
Polson Lake County Leader

event reaffirms mission of pro-life center
The Catholic Transcript

Teen Girls on Sex, More
CBS News

study acknowledges links between breast cancer and abortion,
Catholic Culture

San Fran Archdiocse Supported Abortion-Funding Health Plan

Daly, a Leader in Feminist Theology, Dies at 81
New York Times


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  • shelby-knox

    This born and raised Texan gives you permission to make fun of the state – Goddess knows I do – as long as you also follow it up with this appropriate truism: "Don’t Mess with Texas Women!"


    I’m proud of the wonderful staff at PP Houston for embarking on this expansion and dealing ever so gracefully, as they always do, with the lying, access-blocking, patient-scaring yahoos that show up whenever a woman’s freedom to control her body threatens to rear its’ ugly head. I’m no longer living in the state but I’d encourage anyone in the area to volunteer to escort or give money or bring hot chocolate to the construction workers on January 18th.

  • amanda-marcotte

    He was for it:


    There is no human circumstance more tragic than the persisting
    existence of a harmful condition for which a remedy is readily
    available. Family planning, to relate population to world resources, is
    possible, practical and necessary. Unlike plagues of the dark ages or
    contemporary diseases we do not yet understand, the modern plague of
    overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with
    resources we possess……


    There is a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger’s
    early efforts. She, like we, saw the horrifying conditions of ghetto
    life. Like we, she knew that all of society is poisoned by cancerous
    slums. Like we, she was a direct actionist — a nonviolent resister. She
    was willing to accept scorn and abuse until the truth she saw was
    revealed to the millions. At the turn of the century she went into the
    slums and set up a birth control clinic, and for this deed she went to
    jail because she was violating an unjust law. Yet the years have
    justified her actions. She launched a movement which is obeying a
    higher law to preserve human life under humane conditions. Margaret
    Sanger had to commit what was then called a crime in order to enrich
    humanity, and today we honor her courage and vision; for without them
    there would have been no beginning. Our sure beginning in the struggle
    for equality by nonviolent direct action may not have been so resolute
    without the tradition established by Margaret Sanger and people like
    her. Negroes have no mere academic nor ordinary interest in family
    planning. They have a special and urgent concern…..


    This is not to suggest that the Negro will solve all his problems
    through Planned Parenthood. His problems are far more complex,
    encompassing economic security, education, freedom from discrimination,
    decent housing and access to culture. Yet if family planning is
    sensible it can facilitate or at least not be an obstacle to the
    solution of the many profound problems that plague him.

  • amanda-marcotte

    There’s some good stuff in this speech!


    The Negro constitutes half the poor of the nation. Like all poor, Negro
    and white, they have many unwanted children. This is a cruel evil they
    urgently need to control. There is scarcely anything more tragic in
    human life than a child who is not wanted. That which should be a
    blessing becomes a curse for parent and child. There is nothing
    inherent in the Negro mentality which creates this condition. Their
    poverty causes it. When Negroes have been able to ascend economically,
    statistics reveal they plan their families with even greater care than
    whites. Negroes of higher economic and educational status actually have
    fewer children than white families in the same circumstances.


    Of course, the official anti-choice position that poverty alone should be a reason to force women to bear unwanted children—i.e., the logic behind the Hyde Amendment—can be held in striking contrast to King’s view.

  • prochoiceferret

    Our sure beginning in the struggle for equality by nonviolent direct action may not have been so resolute without the tradition established by Margaret Sanger and people like her.

    "Hello, Klanned Parenthood? Maafa 21? There’s something you need to know. You may want to sit down for this…"

  • cycles

    As a former Texan myself, I too wish I were within driving distance of Houston to show support for Planned Parenthood of Houston & Southeast Texas. In lieu of my physical presence, I donated $$ online, spurred by this article. Thanks for keeping us informed.

  • princess-rot

    Ah, Amanda, you understand that punishing females for being female does not stop at punishing her for having sex. It needs to be an everyday reminder that she is second-class and deserves to live in total self-abnegation. The child is only a vehicle for delivering pain, whether physically in childbirth, emotionally, or economically. The child’s actual personality doesn’t matter as long as zie’s there to punish disgusting females.