Texas House Passes Restrictive Abortion Bill Because Of Course
4:15 pm, July 11th | by Colette McIntyre
“The time has come,” the Jane Dough said, “To talk of many things: Of choice—and rights—and healthcare—/ of abortions—and the right wing—/ and why men in Senate think they can have opinions on what women do with their own bodies—/and whether Wendy Davis can be our Queen and King.” (Correct answer to that last one: “yes.”)
Surprising no one, the Texas House approved Republican’s beloved anti-abortion measure in a second special session, voting along party lines. After ten hours of debate, HB 2 passed with a 98-49 vote. While Democrats offered twenty-six amendments to the bill — amendments that addressed some of the concerns of the thousands of Texan women who testified before the House this week — all were rejected by House Republicans. A state Senate committee is scheduled to vote today on whether to send the bill to the full Senate for final approval.
Senator Wendy Davis, light of our life, leader of filibusters, knew the terrible, horrible, no good, very unconstitutional legislation was likely to pass on its third attempt, telling CNN, “It will be very difficult because unfortunately the voices that have been here crying out against this bill are not going to be heard.” But, like the fighter (copyright Xtina) she is, Davis added, “But I don’t think it’s the end. It’s the beginning of a battle line.”