To borrow a traditional University of Texas Longhorns football slogan: They came early, they stayed late, they wore orange. It was a big week for reproductive rights and activism in Texas.
After Trent Franks flubbed his lines, Marsha Blackburn was brought in to manage passage of the bill, which was designed as a challenge to Roe. The floor debate included one Republican’s interpretation of a fetus’ hand movements as “Be patient; I’ll be out soon.”
The hands of the male fetus may sometimes appear to be gripping its genitals. And that, says Rep. Michael Burgess, is why abortion should be banned even earlier in pregnancy than the GOP is seeking in a bill on its way to the floor.
The GOP bill would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, irrespective of the circumstances faced by women and their families, and removing medical decisions from the hands of women and their doctors.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff flatly rejected removal of sex-crimes prosecution from the chain of command; Sen. Gillibrand took them to school. Meanwhile, Saxby Chambliss claimed that “the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur.”
Democrats were allowed one witness to the Republicans’ three at a hearing on Rep. Trent Franks’ proposed 20-week abortion ban.
Pentagon brass say they’re working on the problem but balk at meaningful changes that would safeguard those claiming assault against their superiors.
One primary. Two Democrats. One pro-choice. One anti-choice. Here we go again.
All I knew was that I wanted to change the world. I just didn’t know how. But in 2007, I got my answer. I met a man named Barack Hussein Obama.
When I came to the labor movement it wasn’t just because I had an opportunity to try something different. The appeal was in working with a bottom-up union that allowed me the connectivity to the kind of people I knew best.