Texas Conservatives Observe 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade With Ridiculous Press Releases

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Norma McCorvey
Today is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark court case that originated in Texas with Norma McCorvey and ultimately led to the Supreme Court sweeping away a number of state and federal abortion restrictions. Because of Roe, terminating a pregnancy in the first trimester is between a woman and her doctor alone; by the second trimester, the court ruled, a state can impose some restrictions on the procedure.

But today isn't just the anniversary of a single court case. It's also a chance for conservative lawmakers and pundits in Texas to score political points by competing to see who can put out the most over-the-top press release detailing their sentiments on the "tragedy" of abortion.

Governor Rick Perry kicked things off yesterday with his own statement , which he presumably wrote while rending his garments and placing ashes in his mouth.

"Roe v. Wade paved the way for the loss of more than 54 million innocent lives, with more than a million added to that total with each passing year. This catastrophic loss of life is a grim testament to judicial activism, and a tragic stain on our national conscience. In Texas, we've worked hard to strengthen our abortion laws to the greatest extent possible under Roe v. Wade. We will continue working to empower families and protect our children's future, until the day abortion is nothing more than a tragic footnote in our nation's history."

Not to be outdone, Tea Party dreamboat Ted Cruz put out this wordy number, which reads, in part:

"Defending life, at its core, includes protecting both the unborn child and his or her mother from an irreversible injustice. ??We cannot know how many inventors, musicians, scientists, athletes, physicians, and entrepreneurs were never allowed to breathe their first breath of life. We cannot know the medical cures, artistic masterpieces, thriving businesses, and life-transforming charities that never came into existence."
(The double question marks are his own.)

Semi-accurate historian David Barton and his organization Wallbuilders also got in on the act, decrying Roe as "insidious" and calling for a national hour of prayer this afternoon. That's in addition to the various rallies and marches being held by the Liberty Institute-backed group Texas Values, including a march you may have stumbled across in downtown Dallas this past Saturday.

Glenn Beck, meanwhile, hosted anti-abortion activist Lila Rose on his show yesterday, where she referred to Roe as "the horrible Supreme Court decision that took away the fundamental human rights for the child in the womb."

In the midst of all this grandstanding, Texas continues its battle against abortion by royally messing up the Women's Health Program, which has nothing whatsoever to do with abortion. Happy anniversary, everybody.

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scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

IF reproduction is divine, isn't it against God's will to allow bacteria to multiply untreated?  Using bleach in your kitchen is ending lives that God had set in motion.  After all, to a deity as great as God, we can't be all that different from other forms of life. 

mamawcarrie
mamawcarrie

I agree with @rbtexcat. Your article is far left and quite condescending. I thought "journalists" were suppose to be as unbiased as possible. Your disdain for conservative and opposing views is quite clear. Why aren't innocent children afforded the same respect as PETA expects a chicken to get or pedophiles/murderers are afforded? Fry the killers and rapists, stop eating chicken if it offends your sense of compassion and irresponsible women need yo keep their damn legs together. Why is NOTHING ever said about these immoral women for "getting pregnant" in the first place with a child they don't want or can't feed? I have ZERO TOLERANCE" for ignorant women who can't live a morally life. Don't punish the child for the mothers mistake. Isn't that what all you bleeding heart liberals care about? From the posts I see, you only care about those who had the "luxury" of bring allowed to live. God help this immoral world.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Nobody is FOR abortion, but 70% of Americans are FOR the government staying out of women's reproductive lives.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

I'm guessing the 54 million aborted fetuses were unavailable for comment?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

When and where is the world's smallest violin concert being played in Austin?

Oh, and Ted--how many completely worthless people weren't born because of abortion? How many innocent people weren't hurt killed because an abortion took place instead of that baby growing up to be a murderer or felon? 

Not every baby is a productive member of society, but polish your rose-colored glasses anyway.

rbtxcat75
rbtxcat75

The Observer should stick to restaurant reviews and bar scene pictures.  Your arrogant stance on this issue is very troubling.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@mamawcarrie we abort chickens all the time.  I'm planning on mixing some aborted Chickens with pico, fried corn tortillas and cheese.  Though I call it "migas"    Doesn't the Bible say that the sins of the father are delivered on the Children?   What's most disturbing is that YOU don't have much reading comprehension, and don't know what your Bible says.  BTW, why did Jesus never utter a word about abortion?  Why is "causing a woman to terminate her pregnancy not a grave sin the Old Testament?  Why are you such a moronic political tool that you're using a book to advocate for a case that book never makes? 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mamawcarrie 1.  This is a left leaning publication, it should come as no surprise that their articles are biased to the left.  2.  These 'immoral' women aren't making these babies out of powdered milk and pencil erasers.  There is, in most of these cases, an unequivocally immoral man who ejaculated and evacuated, leaving her to deal with the results.  3.  It is interesting to note that the religious right stands on the moral mountaintop when it comes to abortions, but is adamantly against the number one way to reduce unwanted pregnancy: cheap and accessible birth control.  Face it, men and women are going to screw, it's in our nature.  One might say God designed us for it.  That's why tab A fits into Slot B.  Teaching abstinence in school won't work.  It hasn't worked, ever.  It won't work in the future.  Why? Because men and women are designed to screw.  We're not designed to abstain.

JFPO
JFPO

@mamawcarrie First of all, this is an editorial blog, so your "journalism" arguement is moot. Second, how many unwanted children have you adopted? You wing-nuts love "life" as long as the "person" isn't actually alive.

rbtxcat75
rbtxcat75

@Chuck_Schick wouldn't call 1.2 million nationwide abortions a year "rare".  Cancer deaths are 575K a year.  Do people "rarely" die of cancer?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Scruffygeist your terminology is wrong.  Every fetus is precious, until they become "entitled"  

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@rbtxcat75 Not nearly as troubling as the systematic dismantling of women's healthcare in Texas, which we've covered exhaustively, and which we'll continue to do. Thanks for your input. 

mamawcarrie
mamawcarrie

@RTGolden1 You made my point for me. Do you see it? Of course a man had to participate (but not without her consent, unless by rape). And of course God designed us that way (for the exact purpose of pro-creation). Yes, men and women are going to screw as you so eloquently put it that its in our nature. Human beings are also prone to rape, kill, steal, pillage and plunder. Does that make it okay for me to rob a bank because I'm "inconvenienced" or poor? Or perhaps if I'm say offended by liberals and I go on a killing spree and for the sake of my mental health and its my body and my brain is part of my body (so that should be my choice) because I'm a woman is the EXACT same thing as a woman having an abortion for convenience sake. See the problem is NOT holding anyone accountable for their own actions. That's what's wrong with this country. Murderers, rapists, thieves, crooks and drug dealers has become the "norm" and good, honest LAW ABIDING people are demonized and called religious right wing nuts. I've been around for quite a while. I've never heard or talked to any other woman, rich or poor, who ever had a hard time gaining access to birth control. Why speak out against people who think an innocent unborn baby has a right robots life, the same say you and I both did? Liberals stick up for poor sick hungry kids! Why not unborn ones? Peoples lifestyles are their business, I could care less, but I think we can both agree none of these things would exist if people used better moral judgement. I haven't adopted any children, because I don't have kids I don't want or can't afford. But I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO HAVE AN ABORTION at the tender naive age of 15. And yes I used protection and lost my virginity at the same time and just happened to getvpregnsnt

mamawcarrie
mamawcarrie

@JFPO. Gee thanks for letting me know this is a left leaning site. Its not like there's a neon sign blinking "LIBERALS ONLY" at the top of the page. I was directed here for what I thought was an article not an opinion. Yes I only want alive people to die. And I'm happy to be a right-wing nut as opposed to a "left nut". Have a good day! What a waste of kilobytes!

rbtxcat75
rbtxcat75

@Anna_Merlan @rbtxcat75 Women’s healthcare should be a priority.Your articles liken women’s healthcare to pro-abortion services.That’s it.If you are pro-life, you hate women’s healthcare apparently.That is the arrogance that I perceive from your articles.The truth is there are a lot of us out there that want proper and actual “choices” for women that do not include killing an innocent child.Mocking Rick Perry (easy target) is a reduction of the actual issue.

animas
animas

Not "dismantled" exactly simply "transformed" into what ever the state and/or federal government and the insurance industry bureaucrats think is appropriate (economically or based on"fairness").  Such as: limited services under ObamaCare or inappropriate use of ultrasound under state law.  Health care appropriate to the needs of the  individual is becoming a thing of the past.  Eisenhower should have  also warned us about the "government-insurance-industrial complex".

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@mamawcarrie Funny Jesus decried murder, rape and theft but never once abortion or homosexuality. 

mamawcarrie
mamawcarrie

I was forced to have a partial birth abortion and my child was killed at 19 weeks. I've also had to bury an adult son. There's a lot more st stake emotionally and mentally than any woman can prepare for.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@mamawcarrie "Village Voice Media"  is a flashing sign; though I've already criticized your poor reading comprehension.  If you would do your own research you might be better informed about media and what Jesus said--which is not one word about abortion, or homosexuality.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@rbtxcat75 @casiepierce @Chuck_Schick and yet you want all these illegals out of the country.  Thank goodness we don't have to abort or put on entitlements all those unwanted children.  Unwanted children, like unwanted dogs, are not the most civil in our society.

rbtxcat75
rbtxcat75

@casiepierce @rbtxcat75 @Chuck_Schick If you combine Cancer, AIDS and Heart Disease deaths per yer, it would equal the amount of abortions per year.  Wiping out the equivalant of the population of Dallas every year is not something to sweep under the carpet and call it "a women's health issue."

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@RTGolden1 @rbtxcat75 @Anna_Merlan why is a writ of attainder not a big deal.  These people claim to love the Constitution, but, like the Bible, they only take the parts they like and ignore the rest.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@rbtxcat75 @Anna_Merlan I've followed Anna's articles on this subject from day one.  I don't think I've seen her equate women's healthcare to abortion once.  She is fighting for the inclusion of the PP health clinics in the WHP (for which PP is uniquely suited, and legally qualified).  The PP abortion services are a wholly separate entity and receive no funding from federal or state sources.  The PP health clinics provide exams, physicals, affordable treatment and counseling to women who often have no other recourse for healthcare.  How is this a bad thing?

rbtxcat75
rbtxcat75

@Daniel @rbtxcat75 @Anna_Merlan Me calling them Pro-Abortion might now make it so.But PP’s own numbers on how many abortions they do a year will make it so.With increases each and every year, they are still the leading abortion clinic in the US with about 329K last year (around 25% of total nationwide).That’s not from a Pro-life website, it’s from their own.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@rbtxcat75 The actual issue is that, unless the Supreme Court reverses a 40 year old decision, an abortion is a valid, legal "choice" for any woman in the United States, despite the roadblocks that some states try to throw in their path. There's also a high amount of arrogance to the position that because you don't like it a legal act should be stigmatized. 

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