Watch State Troopers Drag a Screaming Protester as Texas House Approves Abortion Restrictions

As expected, the Texas House passed new, restrictive abortion restrictions this afternoon, sending them on to the Senate for final approval, but not before Democrats could launch a statewide bus tour, and not before this pro-choice protester could scream at lawmakers from the gallery. Unlike the clamor that arose after Senator Wendy Davis' filibuster and killed the bill during the first special session, the disruption was only momentary. State troopers quickly swooped in and escorted dragged the demonstrator from the chambers, as you can see for yourself above.

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Americano
Americano

If they were pro-life protesters i suppose this would be ok?

JackJett
JackJett

It is amazing how one groups can do this in Texas and be considered Patriots's (billied as a ground swell but $upported by Koch) but if someone that doesn't agree with Ricky Sue Perry attempts it they are treated like the commie socialist undeserving pigs the Tea Party claims them to be.

gordonhilgers
gordonhilgers

What's especially interesting about this goober-Nazi dismissal of women's rights in Texas is that, at the very same time, the goober-Nazis are always honking, yammering and whining about "governmental overreach", "individual sovereignty" and, only naturally, "freedom".  Not that that goober-Nazis putting a huge combat boot on the necks of Texas women is going to stop abortions, because we already know that abortion will simply move underground and thus become more dangerous. 

Proof positive that the social conservative drive to keep Texans ignorant through the defunding of public education in the state arrived like bad news when Collin County's pathetic and mousey Jodie Laubenberg, who presented new and essentially totalitarian oppression before the Texas legislature, showed her squeaky ignorance in her inept misunderstanding of what a rape kit does.  Even more ironic, the woman who led the Texas war on women is obviously oblivious to the fact she would not be sitting in the Texas legislature had it not been for the radical feminists who both changed American consciouness in regard to women and pushed Roe v Wade into law. 

Of course, there's also Doo Doo Dewhurst and Rick Perry, both men so intractably stupid that, not only do they try to put their M&Ms in alphabetical order but think that Taco Bell is a Mexican telephone company. 

Texas: Conservative leadership you can laugh at while murmuring "war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength". 

adam578
adam578

The only people I can't stand more than hardcore anti-choice lunatics are hardcore pro-death lunatics.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

why were they removing the lady at the back filming towards the end of the video?  Also, please, when recording from a cell phone, turn the camera to a portrait angle, your videos will look much better

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

civil disobedience is an honorable act, the protester exercised their right to voice opposition to the legislature's bill and they will pay the price. maybe a night in jail, maybe more.

not surprising there are those who don't recognize the protester's sacrifice, no matter which side of the issue one stands for the dedication of the individual to act on their conscience should be applauded. that's using one's freedom of expression, taking a position and confronting the power of the state, without violence.

of course, the more small minded will spew crass personal critiques about the protesters looks, or dress, or lifestyle. unfortunately the small minded just can't help themselves, they don't have the fortitude the protesters have.

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

No. Intent on keeping women alive and out of the 1950s.

TexMarine
TexMarine

What a way for those kids to spend their summer vacation.

Oxtail
Oxtail

I guess this goes to show that not even pro-choice protesters enjoy getting aborted.

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

She chanted over and over how "this bill will kill women". How? I mean, abortions will kill many more boys and girls than this bill ever will. 

She introduces herself as a "queer woman of color"....I'm curious, how will she get pregnant to where this bill would actually affect her? 

Eric mentioned "drag" and "dragged" regarding the removal of the protester, what is the best way to remove someone that doesn't want to leave? That's weak Eric.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Keep spending the memory of a horror so casually, next time there might not be any moral currency to draw upon.

JackJett
JackJett

@Jennifer James McNeil No that would be Andrea Yates. 

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@DirtyP1

She introduces herself as a "queer woman of color"....I'm curious, how will she get pregnant to where this bill would actually affect her?

Hell, ignore that part, what man would be able to keep it up long enough to impregnate her?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@DirtyP1 Only problem is, I don't think it was within the power of the State to remove her.  Even if I don't particularly agree with her position, she was exercising the People's right to free speech and free assembly in the People's House.  Not only that, she was interrupting a session that shouldn't have been happening anyway.  It was a chicken-shit end-around ploy by Perry to call a second special session to enact legislation that didn't have the traction to (or the pols didn't have the balls) to get through the regular session.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz while appreciate the right to free speech, there are rules to be followed, and i bet all state legislatures have these same rules of you can only speak when its your turn.  As for the filming,  I dont know if there is a rule against cameras and filming in the building, but if not, that person was doing nothing wrong then

TexMarine
TexMarine

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Perhaps in a world where cats are people, then we'd be seeing these jackbooted neo Nazi's, but this is the real world. The likely issue would be an LBGT'r staging another hate crime, only to be discovered fraudulent.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@RTGolden1 @DirtyP1 It's within their power.  Part of the inherent powers of a legislature is to set its own rules.  The rules there say no outbursts out of order, and she was out of order.  It wasn't her turn to talk, so out she goes, heels first.

pak152
pak152

@RTGolden1 @DirtyP1 except that I think there is a rule in place covering disturbances in the gallery. of course it was a (to use your term) a "chicken shit" ploy by the protesters acting like a mob to shut down a lawful legislative session.

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

@TexMarine Is there anyone on the planet that you care for?    You want to seem some isolated videos about Marines that murder?

My point is that every post is simply an outburst of anger and a personal attack.  Mainly at women and minorities.  Is there an aspect of life you enjoy?  Drinking? Weed?  Music?  Sex?  Ballet? Scrapbooking? Church? 

JackJett
JackJett

@TexMarine @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz ......I never knew that we were staging our own hate crimes.......How in the hell do we have time to schedule those things with all the hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, destruction of family values, and recruiting all elementary school children.

No wonder I can't get to my laundry. 

wcvemail
wcvemail

@RTGolden1 @pak152 @DirtyP1 Your penultimate line is truly the sad future for this and other bills. We the taxpayers (and fee-payers) of all points of view will ensure that battalions of barristers are well paid for years to come. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@pak152 @RTGolden1 @DirtyP1 I don't have a dog in the hunt on this issue.  I'm personally against abortion, and personally against government setting individual morals and values.  The TX constitution does allow the two Houses to detain and punish anyone causing disorder in the chamber, and limits the punishment to no longer than 48 hours.  So I was wrong there, it is in their power.

I can still see the point of the protesters.  They're not being given fair representation, it's got to be extremely frustrating to be a die-hard liberal in Texas.  I also agree that both the State and Federal government need to get themselves out of our health and our private lives.  The State has not shown it is taking these measures out of a concern for women's 'safety'.  It is, in effect, an attempt to legislate morality, and a specific morality, religious in nature, to the exclusion of all others.

I feel this is all just so much theater though.  This issue will be resolved in the Courts.  Sadly.

ruddski
ruddski

But as we learned in Wisconsin, mob rule is "What Democracy Looks Like!!"

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