Video: Abortion activists hijack Texas legislature, block vote on Gosnell-inspired limits

posted at 9:21 am on June 26, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

After the horrors revealed by the trial of Kermit Gosnell and his co-defendants for murder and negligent homicide, and especially for the filthy and inhumane conditions allowed by the state of Pennsylvania for the “Women’s Health Clinic,” one might think that abortion activists would be a little embarrassed to stage a splashy demonstration against a bill that limited abortions to 20 weeks and forced clinics to meet the same requirements as any other out-patient surgical center in a state. One would be sorely mistaken in Texas, apparently. When Republicans brought a bill to the state Senate floor to do both, a Democrat filibustered the bill for over 10 hours, interrupted with just minutes to spare for the final vote before the session expired. That’s when the gallery shouted down legislators and obstructed its operation, forcing Republicans to conceded that they couldn’t get the vote finished in time:

A petite Fort Worth Democrat in pink sneakers staged a 10-hour-plus filibuster marathon in which she never sat down. Abortion rights activists succeeded in disrupting Republican senators, and the fate of a bill that Gov. Rick Perry had made a priority devolved into a legislative mess so thick that even senators who had voted on the bill could not say for certain whether they had indeed voted on the bill.

The state Senate’s vote came right at a midnight Tuesday deadline, amid widespread confusion the noise of a chanting crowd of the bill’s opponents in an upstairs gallery. Senate Democrats said the vote took place past the deadline at 12:02 a.m. or 12:03 a.m., while Republicans disputed those claims, saying the vote was legitimate.

But at 3 a.m., Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the presiding officer of the Senate and a Republican supporter of the bill, told lawmakers and reporters that although the bill passed on a 19-to-10 vote, the bill could not be signed in the presence of the Senate and was therefore dead, blaming “an unruly mob using Occupy Wall Street tactics” as the primary cause.

“With all the ruckus and noise going on,” Mr. Dewhurst said, he could not complete administrative duties to make the vote official and sign the bill. Senate Democrats and women’s right’s advocates said the real reason the vote could not be made official was a time stamp on official documents that showed the bill passed after midnight. The Legislature’s official Web site first posted that the Senate’s vote occurred on Wednesday, after the midnight deadline, but the date was later changed to Tuesday for unknown reasons.

So … when Tea Party activists do this in the future, liberals are going to be totally cool with it, right? Right?

And what exactly were these people obstructing? A requirement to treat abortions like any other surgical procedure by applying modern medical standards and regulation to those clinics. The Gosnell trial shows what transpires when states treat abortion clinics like temples of religious expression rather than clinics were invasive medical procedures take place. The bill would also have required abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles in case of an emergency, which opponents said would make abortions inconvenient in rural areas. Apparently, women who have medical emergencies in rural areas because of complications from abortion are more inconvenient to abortion activists than the need to have unregulated abortion mills out where no help can be found quickly.

In fact, the mob pretty much admitted that they’re not concerned with issues like patient safety:

Supporters of the bill, including Governor Perry and other top Republicans, said the measures would protect women’s health and hold clinics to safe standards, but women’s right’s advocates said the legislation amounted to an unconstitutional, politically motivated attempt to shut legal abortion clinics. The bill’s opponents said it will likely cause all but five of the 42 abortion clinics in the state to close, because the building renovations and equipment upgrades necessary to meet the surgical-center standards would be too costly.

Then why do other clinics that conduct invasive procedures have to pay the costs to meet those standards? If it’s too costly for abortions — a procedure that involves blood loss and possible perforation of internal organs — why do other ambulatory procedure clinics have to meet them? The standards are important for patient safety, that’s why, and it’s very clear that the opponents of the bill didn’t learn anything from the Gosnell trial about what happens in the absence of those standards.

Anyway, don’t expect this to last long. Dewhurst suggested that Governor Rick Perry might call another 30-day session of the legislature to finish this business. In the meantime, welcome to the new standard of democracy, in which shouting mobs rule rather than the democratic process.

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Perhaps, you should just pretend all fetuses are pro-choice and this issue will go away for you.

thuja on June 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

You embrace evil and want to play ‘pretend’? You have no soul.

zoyclem on June 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Could you please elaborate why you think abortion facilities shouldn’t be held to the same minimal regulation standards as ambulatory clinics? And why you think it should be okay to abort a fetus after 20 weeks? Thanks.

Missy on June 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I would be delighted to explain why I don’t think abortion facilities should have the same regulations as other ambulatory clinics. Some of those regulations just aren’t needed. For instance, in Virginia one of those regulations was about the minimal size of closets in the facility. You can’t even pretend that the size of closets would affect the safety of an abortion.

thuja on June 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Doesn’t get you off the hook. Why would the size of closets affect the safety of an ambulatory clinic? Why the assumption that an abortion clinic should be exempt from safety standards for ambulatory clinics? What entitles the abortion clinic to be free of unnecessary regulations while every other medical clinic has to abide by them?

The ugly truth: for all the rhetoric about Roe v. Wade being necessary to do away with “back alley” abortions, abortions afterwards are still being done under exactly the same conditions. Abortion clinics don’t measure up to the standards of other medical clinics because pro-abortionists don’t care about meeting standards, and are willing to live with unsanitary conditions, substandard equipment, unqualified staff, medical school dropouts, and casual violations of any state-imposed restrictions on their bread and butter.

All of which, by the way, was on clear display in the Gosnell clinic. So much for criticizing the line about “Gosnell-inspired limits.” It’s relevant.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I’ve come to one conclusion regarding abortion activists: they aren’t human. Anymore.

avagreen on June 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM

So you argue that a zygote of a single cell morally constitutes a human, but some people’s view of the morality of abortion excludes from being human. Perhaps, you should just pretend all fetuses are pro-choice and this issue will go away for you.

thuja on June 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Since the law in question banned late-term abortions after 20 weeks, what does a single-cell zygote have to do with anything? Are you under the impression that a baby at 20 weeks in the tomb is a single-cell zygote?

The newly conceived human is long past the single-cell zygote stage by the time it reaches the uterus a few days after conception. No abortionist in existence does abortions on single-cell zygotes.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM

That’s why the Founding Fathers were so wary of “democracy” when they were structuring our system of government. They knew back then where it leads: mob rule, followed by totalitarianism.

Spurius Ligustinus on June 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

They had this great example of that shortly after writing the Constitution, too. Pretty well validated their way of thinking.

GWB on June 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Bravo! Excellent points!!

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Perry just called a special session. it’s going to come up for a vote again. Heh.

juliesa on June 26, 2013 at 5:42 PM

ebrown2 on June 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Wow. Never ever thought I’d read something like that coming from a Leftist.

PatriotGal2257 on June 26, 2013 at 10:47 AM

The famous Berrigan brothers get ignored by the left on that subject, too:

Throughout most of his life as a Jesuit, Daniel Berrigan has consistently spoken out against violence in all its forms, including abortion. “I have always made it clear,” he said, “that I am against everything from war to abortion to euthanasia. I have avoided being a single-issue person.”

ebrown2 on June 26, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Thuja you’re simply a sad gross person. Pathetic.

CW on June 26, 2013 at 6:50 PM

I wonder why it doesn’t bother this “lady” that she feels thousands of women’s are being protected. Sheer numbers should be embarrassing.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Women going to substandard, dirty, untrained medical offices are not “protected.” That’s what lack of supervision results in.

Oh, and roughly half the aborted babies are not “protected” either.

PattyJ on June 26, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Let’s face it, some people have no problem with babies feeling pain. The later the abortion, the more pain they feel and that’s good for some people. It’s hard to imagine, but evidently true. Additionally, some people have no problem with women going to abortion clinics that are poorly run, unsanitary, out of reasonable range of emergency hospital facilities, without the capability of receiving EMT gurneys and on and on. Complications be damned. Just call it collateral damage in the progressive war on women and American civil society. Folks like this are warped and cruel. Not much you can do to combat that kind of attitude. All that matters to them is that women have free choice to kill babies under all circumstances, period.

stefano1 on June 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM

This is a proud day for me. I finally got un-friended on Facebook by a homo libturd over this.

He posted a video of the protestors screaming in the Senate chamber, and added his own comment of, “YES! This is what democracy looks like!!” I added my comment of, “This is what mob rule looks like.” Logged on to FB this morning and found out he un-friended me.

I love it! Liebrals are too stupid to know that democracy IS mob rule. And they’re too thin-skinned to have any kind of debate. Temper tantrum throwing, spoiled, sniveling little brats who stomp their feet and scream and yell when they don’t get what they want.

Dominion on June 27, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I would be delighted to explain why I don’t think abortion facilities should have the same regulations as other ambulatory clinics. Some of those regulations just aren’t needed.

thuja on June 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM

What? Regulation imposes unnecessary and arbitrary demands on businesses that negatively impact their ability to do business? Say it ain’t so!

The Schaef on June 27, 2013 at 3:01 PM

So mob rule is bad. But referendums banning gay marriage are not mob rule right?

Ortzinator on June 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM