If you’re asking yourself, “What the heck is going on in Texas?” It would be my pleasure to fill you in.
You probably read the story a couple of weeks ago in the news: A courageous young senator in bright pink tennis shoes stood for hours on end to filibusterer a bill that would have closed down nearly every abortion clinic in Texas, causing women to seek life-threatening back alley procedures. The sound was throngs of women chanting and cheering on their hero as she refused to back down to protect their rights. And since her quest was successful, the Governor called the House and Senate back for a special session. But what rights, exactly, did Wendy Davis attempt to secure for the women she was “fighting for” that day? How about
- The right to have an abortion in a facility that has less regulation than your local tattoo parlor.
- The right to receive an abortion pill that can cause life threatening bleeding and other side effects without being seen or examined by an actual doctor.
- The right to have non-medically trained personnel assist in their procedures.
- The right to have a surgical procedure in a facility that does not have door/hallways wide enough for a gurney in the event that a patient needs to be removed and transported by ambulance to a hospital.
- The right to have an abortion by a doctor who does not have admitting privileges to a hospital.
- The right to have an abortion (surgical procedure) without a 24/7 advise/emergency telephone number to call following the procedure.
- And lastly, the right to have an abortion after 20 weeks gestation (half-way through the pregnancy when most experts agree that the baby is capable of feeling pain)
I know, I know, I know. You’re thinking, “Wait a minute, I thought that Wendy Davis, and abortion supporters fought this bill to protect women, but it sounds like the BILL protects women?”
You’re right to be confused, and sadly, hundreds of women who marched on the capital dressed in orange to protest the bill have bought into the abortion industry giant’s semantics to believe that somehow, the expense of meeting these standards will cause most clinics to shut down, making women resort to even more dangerous lengths to seek abortions. But the facts just don’t back up those claims.
On January 19, 2011, Dr. Kermit Gosnell was arrested for some of the most horrific medical practices ever seen in this country. That arrest shed light into the lack of oversight in Pennsylvania of these clinics and the state adopted many of the standards that Texas is trying to pass today. The outcry from NARAL and Planned Parenthood was the same, “This is going to shut all the clinics down, cause more Gosnells, waaaa, waaaa, waaaa!” But you know what? That didn’t happen. A small handful closed their doors but most complied with the standards and are operating today. So there goes that.
Current polling shows that the majority of Americans oppose late-term abortions, and as science and ultrasound technology advance, verifying what pro-life people have known for years, the number of people joining that majority also advances.
Fast-forward to today. In its special session, the Texas House passed HB2 with a 2-1 majority, and on Friday, the Senate will vote on its matching bill, which is expected to be met with the same enthusiasm among legislators and promptly signed by Governor Perry. The events leading up to today’s vote have brought out some of the most vile, hate-filled, and even violent protests by abortion supporters ever seen since Roe v. Wade. Supporters of the bill have been spit on, shoved, assaulted, screamed at, had their peaceful prayer circles surrounded by people yelling, “Hail Satan” (I know, really?)
So why such an incredible response on the part of abortion rights activists? Because they know their days are numbered, and a piece of legislation like this, in a state this big, where it can’t be blamed on a knee-jerk reaction to a Gosnell, sets a precedent for many other states to follow, impacting their bottom line: money and power in politics. It’s not about women to them. In fact, most of the supporters of HB2 ARE women. In an act of complete desperation, the website burntorangereport.com, showed the industry’s true colors by posting a blog on how this bill will impact the ability for men to take advantage of women like it was a terrible thing, and is reaching out to MEN to fight this bill. (I can’t make this stuff up, folks)
So what now? Now, we pray. We keep ourselves informed, we support and encourage those in the fight. Civilly, with grace and love, but also not without standing firm. We tell our friends, share updates, and pray some more. Texas may be states away, but this is our Country, and when the fight comes to our door one day, we’ll want others doing the same for us.
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Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President & CEO of Americans United for Life appeared on Bret Baier’s show on FOX News on July 8, 2013.