Texans are being asked to return to their Capitol building on Sunday in a continued show of solidarity for reproductive rights, after a “people’s filibuster” took a committee hearing over the ten-hour mark in the wee hours of the morning Friday.
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 sponsor of Texas’ omnibus abortion bill dropped a 20-week abortion ban from his legislation yesterday, but it still has plenty of teeth.
The Supreme Court could decide as early as Thursday whether its next term will include a major abortion-rights case.
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.
On day two of the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, evangelical leaders clashed on abortion and economic policy. But opposing abortion was deemed a winning issue by movement elders like Phyllis Schlafly and young activists alike.
The day after Rep. Trent Franks pulled a Todd Akin, senators speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference breathed barely a word about abortion—and not a peep about contraception.
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 Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 are expected to come down this month. We’ll soon find out if the Court has chosen to advance the cause of marriage equality, or if it will it leave it for another day.
The state has set aside $400,000 to defend its most recent abortion restrictions. But with so many new laws to challenge, $400,000 might not be enough to cover the costs.