At City Hall Today, Lawmakers and Planned Parenthood Urged Dallas to "Stand With Texas Women"

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The Texas House just passed sweeping abortion restrictions. Once they pass the senate, the procedure will be banned 20 weeks post-fertilization, and all but five abortion providers in the state will be forced to close thanks to a medically unnecessary requirement that they meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. Even Wendy Davis won't be able to stop them this time.

And so, Democrats are doing the next best thing: painting a tour bus burnt orange and holding rallies in the Texas' major cities proclaiming a Republican war on women.

This morning, it was Dallas' turn. The bus parked at 1500 Marilla and disgorged its payload onto City Hall Plaza: no Davis but a handful of her Senate colleagues, including Dallas' Royce West and Austin's Kirk Watson, a couple of former Planned Parenthood clients, and, as headliner, Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Cecile Richards.

"The last few years it felt like every time women looked up from doing their laundry or helping their kids with their homework the Texas legislature was after them again," Richards said.

She touched on the abortion debate before moving on to the decimation of the Women's Health Program two years ago and the 50-plus clinics that closed and 136,000 Texans who lost medical care as a result. Then, there's Governor Rick Perry's decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, which she says cost another 750,000 Texas women access to health care.

"I'm here to say we can do better than that in Texas, Rick," she yelled to cheers from her burnt-orange clad supporters.

Richards was followed by Christina Garcia, a woman from San Antonio who went to Planned Parenthood for prenatal care and counseling on how to survive as a single mother and Cynthia Wilson, a middle-aged Dallas woman who survived ovarian cancer thanks to early diagnosis at a Planned Parenthood Clinic.

It was a well-orchestrated event. There were "Stand with Texas Women" T-shirts for all, and "Cheaters Never Win" signs for most. Battleground Texas staffers prowled through the crowd collecting phone numbers and email addresses while a guy with an earpiece whispered stage directions into a microphone. Most impressive, they managed to convince the crowd of 100 or so -- mostly women, a few guys, one of them holding a "Gays for Vajays" sign -- to move out of the shade of City Hall, where they had hunkered before the bus arrived and into the sweltering sunlight of the plaza proper.

And despite the legislative debate that sparked the bus tour and brought out the crowd, it wasn't really about abortion. The procedure was barely even mentioned. In its place was example after example aimed at framing the recent actions of the state's elected Republican leaders as a war on Texas women.

There's some evidence to support that claim. There's more to support Richards' other contention: "You know, you gotta wonder, when the only one on your side is the Texas legislature, it might be time to take a long, hard look at your position."

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everlastingphelps topcommenter

  Once they pass the senate, the procedure will be banned 20 weeks post-fertilization, and all but five abortion providers in the state will be forced to close thanks to a medically unnecessary requirement that they meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

This is absolutely wrong.  They will only be forced to close if they fail to come up to code in the year long grace period.  That's like saying that nutritional labeling requirements will cause all fast food places to close and then leaving out the "unless they start posting the nutritional info."


Yo due to Obummerdon’tcare too many dox is getting out o' da bidness. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able ta practice their love wif beotches all across da country.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The Supreme Court will have the final say, not state renegades like OOPS.


@everlastingphelps I have to disagree.  Most polls in the news that I have read indicate that Texans (not the ones that the pro life people had to bus in from out of state) disapprove of what the republicans are doing and feel that we already have enough regulations in place.

everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz The SCOTUS already said, in Roe v Wade.  It only guarantees abortion until viability, and these restrictions are well within that standard.

everlastingphelps topcommenter

@MisterMean @everlastingphelps Nope.  There are plenty of polls that ask nationwide "do you agree with the Republican war on women in Texas" and of course people don't like that.  But this is the only poll I've seen that actually asks the question, of Texans, "do you agree with limiting abortions to the first five months instead of six?"  On that, there is overwhelming support.

We act like there is a huge divide in this country, but there really isn't.  People want abortion to be legal, and highly restricted.  The polls have been consistent over the last couple of decades that what the American People really want is abortion that is restricted to very early terms, and allowed after the first 12 weeks in the cases of rape, incest, or grave danger to the mother.

You know, like France.


@MisterMean @everlastingphelps Way late to the party but I think it's hard to defend PP and their platform now.  They steal millions from Medicaid and then we still send them a check every year for over $500 million.  They just bypassed a record abortion year but the pro-abortion folks like to talk about their education they provide to keep teenagers safe.  Didn't the govt just approve the morning after pill without parental restriction?  Wonder who that will benefit?  The democrats defend the abortion lobby like the republicans defend the oil lobby.  Except the abortion lobby kills 1.2 million a year. 


@everlastingphelps  How about one politician stating that (paraphrasing) "I don't know why women can't carry a stillborn child to term -cattle do it all the time".   Or how about the numerous comments about rape and the woman's body shutting down.    When Todd Akin (of MO) lost the statement was made: "The rape candidate lost." with the reply "Which one?"

Now I do not know where you get the "Hail Satan" stuff from but that seems a bit off the wall to me.


@everlastingphelps Most abortiions past 20 weeks are 1) few in number to begin with, and 2) are usually associated with some medical issue.   Those should be decided by the doctor and not the politician.

Depending on how the poll is worded and the sampling size (number of persons asked and who are asked -truly random as opposed to lets say taking the respondents from the local church directory) can skew any poll.   However I base my statement on not just one poll but many.

Do keep in mind that I do not approve of some reasons for abortion; but, I feel that the choice MUST be with the woman and doctor-the current republican trend is not.   Just listen to the comments made by GOP politician-they can't go a week with out saying something totally outrageous.

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