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Wendy Davis

SneakyPete

TRIBE Member
This is unreal

Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis tries to block wide-ranging abortion limits

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/texas-l...nging-abortion-limits-1.1342044#ixzz2XINsluSP

AUSTIN, Texas -- A female Texas lawmaker pursued what would have to be a nearly 13-hour speech on Tuesday to block a bill that would close almost every abortion clinic in the nation's second most populous state.

Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, 50, of Fort Worth, began her marathon speech at 11:18 a.m. CDT (1618 GMT) Tuesday and passed the nine-hour mark in her countdown to midnight -- the deadline for the end of the 30-day special session of the Texas state legislature.

Rules stipulate that Davis must remain standing, not lean on her desk or take any breaks -- even for meals or to use the bathroom. But she must also stay on topic, and Republicans pointed out a mistake and later protested again when another lawmaker helped her with a back brace. One more error, and Republicans could stop her speech and proceed to a vote on the anti-abortion legislation.

If signed into law, the measures would close almost every abortion clinic in Texas, a state 773 miles (1,244 kilometres) wide and 790 miles (1,271 kilometres) long with 26 million people. A woman living along the Mexico border or in West Texas would have to drive hundreds of miles to obtain an abortion if the law passes.

In her opening remarks, Davis said she wanted to "to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans" and called Republican efforts to pass the bill a "raw abuse of power."

Democrats chose Davis to lead the effort because of her background as a woman who had her first child as a teenager and went on to graduate from Harvard Law School.

In the hallway outside the Senate chamber, hundreds of women stood in line, waiting for people in the gallery to give up their seats. Women's rights supporters wore orange T-shirts to show their support for Davis, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst reminded those in the gallery that interrupting the proceedings could result in 48 hours in jail.

Davis, wearing pink tennis shoes, tried to stay comfortable and sharp by shifting her weight from hip to hip and slowly walking around her desk while reading notes from a large binder on her desk. When a male protester stood in the Senate gallery and shouted, "Abortion is genocide," Davis continued talking uninterrupted as the man was removed by security.

Twice in the first six hours, anti-abortion lawmakers questioned Davis about the bill, presenting their arguments that it would protect women or that abortions were wrong. Davis answered their questions but did not give up control of the floor.

"This is really about women's health," said Sen. Bob Deuell, who is a doctor and introduced a requirement that all abortions take place in surgical centres. "Sometimes bad things can happen."

Davis then questioned then why vasectomies and colonoscopies aren't also required to take place in such clinics.

Davis read testimony from women and doctors who would be impacted by the changes, but who were denied the opportunity to speak in a Republican-controlled committee. During one heart-wrenching story describing a woman's difficult pregnancy, Davis choked up several times and wiped tears.

Texas is one of several states taking aim at the landmark Supreme Court decision in 1973 that made abortion legal and set off a raging debate on the issue that continues today.

North Dakota is another, and abortion rights advocates on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging two new laws there that impose the nation's toughest abortion restrictions. The lawsuit seeks to block a measure that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can first be detected.

The Texas bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centres. Also, doctors would be required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (50 kilometres) -- a tall order in rural communities.

"If this passes, abortion would be virtually banned in the state of Texas, and many women could be forced to resort to dangerous and unsafe measures," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and daughter of the late former Democratic Texas governor Ann Richards.

Read more: Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis tries to block wide-ranging abortion limits | CTV News
 

Klubmasta Will

TRIBE Member
TOM GRISSOM
Point of order, Mr. Chairman.

CHAIRMAN
Mr. Grissom?

GRISSOM
Will the Senator yield for a question?

SAM
Come on.

CHAIRMAN
Mr. Stackhouse?

JOSH
Come on.

BARTLET
Trust me just this once, you grouchy old son of a bitch.

STACKHOUSE
Mr. Chairman, I yield to the Senator from Washington for a question.

GRISSOM
My question is in 22 parts and might take quite a while. Perhaps you'd like
to sit and have some water while I ask it.

The COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE explodes with cheers.
 

kyfe

TRIBE Member
I'm confused. Is the law only trying to ban abortions after 20 weeks? That seems pretty reasonable to me. That's a 5 month old fetus which could possibly live on it's own outside the womb.
Who's going to rent an apartment to a 5 month old?
 

janiecakes

TRIBE Member
I'm confused. Is the law only trying to ban abortions after 20 weeks? That seems pretty reasonable to me. That's a 5 month old fetus which could possibly live on it's own outside the womb.
If you're confused then do some fucking research.
 
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janiecakes

TRIBE Member
I don't know about you people but getting knocked up and having VERY late term abortions is my idea of a fun Saturday night.
 

KickIT

TRIBE Member
Who's going to rent an apartment to a 6 month old baby? Or a 5 year old child? I am sorry but 20 weeks is a VERY late term abortion.
Then you have the right to "CHOOSE" not to do it and people should respect that. You don't have the right to tell someone else they can't.
 
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Blysspluss

TRIBE Member
Who's going to rent an apartment to a 6 month old baby? Or a 5 year old child? I am sorry but 20 weeks is a VERY late term abortion.
But I'm sure both the lady getting rid of it and the doctor performing the procedure mean well.

So really, it's fine right?
 
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agentRC4

TRIBE Member
Doctors in Canada won't contemplate an abortion after about 22 weeks unless there are extrodinary circumstances.
 

janiecakes

TRIBE Member
Morgentaler had ethical issues with performing abortion after 24 weeks (not 20). He did not however think that there needed to be legal limits on this because the vast majority of abortions happen much earlier. Nobody is having late-term abortions for shits and giggles.

This bill was not designed to save viable fetuses by stopping the sluts from wandering into the closest abortion factory at 26 or 30 weeks along and demanding a free abortion party. It was designed to severely limit abortion access in Texas and close clinics. Do you get it yet?
 

janiecakes

TRIBE Member
I'm confused. Is the law only trying to ban abortions after 20 weeks? That seems pretty reasonable to me. That's a 5 month old fetus which could possibly live on it's own outside the womb.
Also, 20 weeks is not considered to be viability for fetuses. Somewhere around 24 weeks, 50% of babies would survive being born that early.
 
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