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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Conservatives need to take note. Why haven’t we invaded the Senate and the House and DC on Immigration bill and other communist agenda?

they lie on June 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Perry better call them in for a special session. This is Wisconsin all over again, but as I recall, that ended pretty badly for the Democrat Party.

The other reason to call them back is that the GOP needs to force this issue. We need to have a national discussion on Gosnell and make the Dems defend(or hell, just state) their position on abortion. I’m sorry, but being for “a woman’s right to choose” is no longer satisfactory. This isn’t 1973. There have been too many medical and technological advances to just pretend that an abortion at 20 weeks is the same as one at 36 weeks. Put them on the spot.

Doughboy on June 26, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Call another session – lock the doors.

These folks already had their say when they voted for the abortion loving democrats.

redguy on June 26, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Funny thing about leftists, they claim to love government but when government tries to do it’s duty the leftists do their level-best to destroy the process.

They shout, rant, throw things, attack people, or just flat run away and refuse to be present. It’s amazing really, and gives you a good sense of what they would do to us if they had ultimate power.

Bishop on June 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Dewhurst was a disgrace. And my Senator is Wendy Davis and I live in Texas’ most Conservative county (Tarrant) and she won because she campaigned against her opponent (a pediatrician) as a rape loving woman hater and he didn’t fight back but whimpered.

Marcus on June 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

As a lifelong Texas resident and conservative, I’m highly embarrassed by this show of mob rule. I suspect that a special session will be called immediately to handle this as well as other issues that were not allowed to be voted on last night, and hope that security will be a bit higher in the chamber so that this sort of fracas does not occur again.

austinconservative on June 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Conservatives need to take note. Why haven’t we invaded the Senate and the House and DC on Immigration bill and other communist agenda?

they lie on June 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM

They would be removed by Capitol Police in a NY minute, which is what should have happened last night in Texas.

Liam on June 26, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Mobs for me but not for thee

cmsinaz on June 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Our local news described the bill as one that would shut down virtually every abortion clinic in the state, with no other explanation of what the bill would do, or why. No bias there.

mbs on June 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

The left is a strange cult. The things they get animated about. I mean, you’d think there was nothing more important in the life of a Democrat than unrestricted killing of their preborn children.

Buddahpundit on June 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Perry should call a special session and then advertise to all Texans just how much it will cost them to keep the place open for an extra month because of ranting aholes.

Bishop on June 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I would think that there would be rules for spectators to be quite and dignified. If so then way didn’t these people get booted? Are we going to end up with mob rule at these sessions? Maybe a good way to deal with this is to not allow spectators into the same space. They can view via a live camera link.

Dr. Frank Enstine on June 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Positively Old Testament. Protesting for the right to sacrifice the unborn on the altar of Molech.

kingsjester on June 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Since the filibuster also killed the transportation bill on the special session agenda along with the capital punishment modification bill, Perry will just bundle those together with the abortion bill and call another 30-day session. So the victory here is only temporary — with the bill already set, Davis’ next filibuster will have to be an epic one if she’s to keep the bill from getting a Senate vote all the way to the end of July.

jon1979 on June 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

all the MSM coverage is praising this event

commodore on June 26, 2013 at 9:33 AM

A Tea Party crowd of observer’s would have went nuts too, if the tables were turned and one of their people was legitimately filibustering and was attempted to be cut off in time to get the vote in when she wasn’t done and hadn’t broken any rules.

To pretend that a mention of contraceptives in a debate about abortion is “going off topic”, much less to a degree that it could be used to justifiably shut down the debate, is laughable to say the least.

I agree with the restrictions the legislature wanted to put into place. But that doesn’t discount the attempts to twist the rules, and you can’t tell me that if the same thing happened to someone filibustering some controversial liberal legislative attempt and the were conservatives in the watch way’s, that they would have just been quiet and obedient as their representative was shut down without due reason.

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Perry better call them in for a special session. This is Wisconsin all over again, but as I recall, that ended pretty badly for the Democrat Party.

The other reason to call them back is that the GOP needs to force this issue. We need to have a national discussion on Gosnell and make the Dems defend(or hell, just state) their position on abortion. I’m sorry, but being for “a woman’s right to choose” is no longer satisfactory. This isn’t 1973. There have been too many medical and technological advances to just pretend that an abortion at 20 weeks is the same as one at 36 weeks. Put them on the spot.

Doughboy on June 26, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Well, pro-abortion leftists are just as hypocritical on this issue as they are on everything else:

http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/users/rauch/nvp/consistent/meehan_progressive.html

ebrown2 on June 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

The talk radio guys in Austin are thinking the failure was deliberate. I’m thinking so, too. I figure one of the following is about to happen:

1) Douglas Karpen. Another possible Gosnell, and this one in Houston. Drop the hammer after Dems are on the record defending his actions

2) Perry’s running in ’16. He can say he tried to implement the toughest abortion laws in the country, without implementing them and watching lefties throwing caltrops into the process.

Sekhmet on June 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

They would be removed by Capitol Police in a NY minute, which is what should have happened last night in Texas.

Liam on June 26, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Even better. Conservatives are such apathetic pvssies now. Que excuses about having jobs/lives/Matlock reruns…

ClassicCon on June 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

The left is a strange cult. The things they get animated about. I mean, you’d think there was nothing more important in the life of a Democrat than unrestricted killing of their preborn children.

Buddahpundit on June 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Gay marriage and gay rights are more important at this time. They have pretty much gotten what they want on abortion and only need to occasionally prevent something like what Texas tried last night and that only takes a few in attendance. Gay stuff on the other hand is not where they want it and they need massive support for it. Few liberals I know even mention abortion anymore but, it sure seems that gay issues are first and foremost on their minds.

Dr. Frank Enstine on June 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Wendy Davis took her place last night among the other great Democrat fillibusterers of History: Strom Thurmond, Theodore Bilbo, Huey Long and Robert Byrd, and in support of a cause just as immoral.

She’s gonna be defeated easily in 2014 I suspect. Her last two elections were very close and her district is usually 60/40 Republican. She’s now the number one state government target for Republicans and I don’t suspect we’ll let her get elected again.

vegconservative on June 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Google:

wendy davis abortion lover

The media loves this abortion lover. The media loves abortion.
They act as if she is saving something?
They are encouraging the slaughter of the innocents.
All these left wing pundits should be ashamed.
Do they even know what they are writing about?

redguy on June 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Where does this level of enthusiasm for late term abortion come from? It’s positively pathological. Sick demented freaks. All of them.

forest on June 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Do you think any of the protesters would sign up for higher taxes (just for themselves) if it meant better services for all women in all situations?

Nope.

They want to spend their money on new tattoos and face piercings.

patman77 on June 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

She’s gonna be defeated easily in 2014 I suspect. Her last two elections were very close and her district is usually 60/40 Republican.

It is, and if she gets another Akin-like opponent who rejects abortion in cases of incest and rape she will easily win again.

Marcus on June 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Yup, nothing shows a mother’s love for her child like being able to legally kill it while it is still growing in the mother’s womb and can feel pain. Can’t wait to see what types of cards Hallmark will come out with to celebrate.

Cherokee on June 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Positively Old Testament. Protesting for the right to sacrifice the unborn on the altar of Molech.

kingsjester on June 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

The lefty trash wanted to throw dead babies from the viewing area at the GOP reps but they were stopped by security, something about bringing liquids into the chamber being a no-no.

Bishop on June 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM

In the meantime, welcome to the new standard of democracy, in which shouting mobs rule rather than the democratic process.

Ed Morrissey

These are the new rules of the contest. To paraphrase:

Welcome to the new standard, in which presidents rule by administrative edict and personal intimidation rather than the will of the people.

This is not a polite skirmish. We’re losing the country, and everyone on the right expects a quiet day at the polls in some distant year to overtake this. If you’re not willing to get in the faces of those trying to kill your lifestyle and the future of your kids and grandkids, then you deserve to be mugged.

beatcanvas on June 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The talk radio guys in Austin are thinking the failure was deliberate. I’m thinking so, too. I figure one of the following is about to happen:

1) Douglas Karpen. Another possible Gosnell, and this one in Houston. Drop the hammer after Dems are on the record defending his actions

2) Perry’s running in ’16. He can say he tried to implement the toughest abortion laws in the country, without implementing them and watching lefties throwing caltrops into the process.

Sekhmet on June 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

It can definitely help the GOP in Texas and nationally. Whether Davis meant to or not, she was essentially defending the practices of Gosnell. Dems always want more oversight for everything but abortion clinics as this filibuster and mob protest illustrated. Well the next time a Gosnell-type clinic is discovered, that blood will be on the Democrats’ hands.

Doughboy on June 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM

They shout, rant, throw things, attack people, or just flat run away and refuse to be present. It’s amazing really, and gives you a good sense of what they would do to us if they had ultimate power.

Bishop on June 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

What else can you expect from bed wetters that stopped maturing emotionally at about the age of 14?

BigWyo on June 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM

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:

‘This is what deMOBcracy looks like!’

A little Eric Hoffer for this morning’s reading, which ties in to this issue…

Eric Hoffer Knew Barack Obama Before He Existed

Resist We Much on June 26, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Where does this level of enthusiasm for late term abortion come from? It’s positively pathological. Sick demented freaks. All of them.

forest on June 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

It comes from men and women that don’t want to be burdened with a child. It’s pretty hard for the “me” generation to be “me” if their are others that depend on you.

Dr. Frank Enstine on June 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Where does this level of enthusiasm for late term abortion come from? It’s positively pathological. Sick demented freaks. All of them.

forest on June 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Years ago, liberals fought legislation banning late-term abortion on the grounds it occurred only as a rare emergency procedure performed in 1-2% of cases to save the mother’s life. Now that the cat’s out of the bag and it’s done more frequently than we were told without there being an emergency, the libs have to get crazy about it. They always wanted it, so with their lies uncovered they have to go to extremes. Never mind that plan b, especially with it freely available to ten year olds, makes abortion obsolete and no longer necessary.

But there’s no money for Planned Parenthood and abortion ‘providers’ in plan b.

Liam on June 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I am disgusted by that display last night. I cannot wrap my brain around how anyone can so vehemently support a person killing a baby late-term, or be so against having these butchers at least conform to the standards others must keep. We’re talking 20 weeks, the beginning of the sixth month, and you had the Left as well as so called journalists cheering on the moonbat who supports the right for that child to be cut up and suctioned out. I guess we ought to be glad they didn’t flee the state, as the cowards have been known to do when throwing their temper tantrums in other states, no?

It’s this sort of thing that really makes me hesitate to swear off the GOP, no matter how much they disappoint me. The bottom line is we have a party of ghouls that celebrates the murder of innocent children, and will do all they can to continue the practice. It’s despicable.

changer1701 on June 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Where does this level of enthusiasm for late term abortion come from? It’s positively pathological. Sick demented freaks. All of them.

forest on June 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Abortion is sacred to the left. Any attempt to restrict it sends them into a rage. In fairness, I do understand where they’re coming from. If the Texas legislature does eventually succeed in banning abortions past 20 weeks and that catches on in other states, the question then becomes how much further will those restrictions go? Will we eventually reach 12 weeks like many European countries?

I do think it’s a national discussion that’s long overdue, particularly in the aftermath of the Gosnell tragedy. But the Dems are terrified of trying to defend their position. They prefer the “ignorance is bliss” mentality.

Doughboy on June 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

These people (Democrat, pro-abortionists) are evil. Sick and evil. Nothing else can explain actions like this.

If we can’t even get humane, sanitary practices for these slaughterhouses, then I have only one solution for the state and for the country: Let. Them. Burn.

ICBMMan on June 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

If you could embarrass liberals, there wouldn’t be a Pres. Obama.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

When will you learn that the Democrats play to win?

Outlander on June 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Bleating sheep: Four legs good, two legs bad!

mjbrooks3 on June 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Lt. Governor Dewhurst was an utter failure last night!

Governor Perry is speaking at a right to life event tomorrow…and will likely announce calling another special session there.

This morning Gov. Perry probably called Dewhurst and instructed him on how to grow a pair.

workingclass artist on June 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Sekhmet on June 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

How dare you make so much sense.

Dewhurst could have signed it in time.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 9:50 AM

I don’t understand how this mob can legally obstruct the business of the legislature. This is just weird. Disturbing the peace?

Dongemaharu on June 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM

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.

The mob can’t see any further than what’s been pounded into their heads about a woman’s right to choose. Until they see abortion as murder, it won’t change for them. There are plenty of emergency and small hospitals in rural areas that could accept patients at abortion clinics if something goes horribly wrong with their ‘care’. Maybe Mr. Dewhurst could point out that a clinic not up to standards is the same as getting it done in a back alley.

Kissmygrits on June 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Dewhurst was just looking for an excuse to back out. And he hides behind the mob to do it. Just like certain venues use the threat of violence from islamic mobs in order to cancel an “islamophobic” event they didn’t want to allow anyway.

Dewhurst is the one who was sold as “Conservative enough” for Texas.

sartana on June 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Dongemaharu on June 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Strict time limit for special sessions.

Its not only weird, but unprecedented. Changes will be made.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

The talk radio guys in Austin are thinking the failure was deliberate. I’m thinking so, too. I figure one of the following is about to happen:

1) Douglas Karpen. Another possible Gosnell, and this one in Houston. Drop the hammer after Dems are on the record defending his actions

2) Perry’s running in ’16. He can say he tried to implement the toughest abortion laws in the country, without implementing them and watching lefties throwing caltrops into the process.

Sekhmet on June 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Maybe.

It could also be that Dewhurst is completely incompetent.

I expect Gov. Perry will use it to his political advantage.

workingclass artist on June 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

What else can you expect from bed wetters that stopped maturing emotionally at about the age of 14?

BigWyo on June 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I could expect them to dance in a lively fashion if my buddies and I were to clear them from the stands using cattle prods.

Bishop on June 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Lt. Governor Dewhurst was an utter failure last night!

Yes, thank God he is not our Senator. Could you imagine how fast Dewhurt would be Texas Two Stepping to sign on with the Democrats to pass that crappy immigration bill?

redguy on June 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I don’t understand how this mob can legally obstruct the business of the legislature. This is just weird. Disturbing the peace?

Dongemaharu on June 26, 2013 at 9:52 AM

They ran out the clock so to speak…and Dewhurst let them do that.

workingclass artist on June 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

This is the most disgusting story of the day to me.
At 20 weeks, you can tell the sex of the baby and a whole host of other things.
I can not believe that a human can speak for 11 hours or whatever the hell this chick did on the merits of killing a baby.
The amount of just plain wrong here turns my stomach.

ORconservative on June 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Can someone, please explain to me why you would need to carry a child for 20 weeks before deciding it was a problem? I will never understand this.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

…welcome to the new standard of democracy, in which shouting mobs rule rather than the democratic process.

I do believe that “standard” failed quite miserably in Wisconsin a while back. Perhaps Gov.Perry should call Gov. Walker for some suggestions.

pilamaye on June 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Call another session – lock the doors.

These folks already had their say when they voted for the abortion loving democrats.

redguy on June 26, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Perry had already indicated he wanted to call another session, because there is other unfinished business. Her filibuster ended around 10:00pm (she veered off topic, onto the sonogram bill from the last session, and received her third and final censure), and the TV news was reporting they had cleared the gallery. But, you could clearly see on the news that there were still people in the gallery. A lot of them were wearing identical orange t-shirts, which tells me someone paid for those shirts and bused the protesters in. Maybe PP?

Ward Cleaver on June 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

North Dakota recently passed a ban on abortion after 6 weeks, so the proposed law in Texas isn’t even close.

Little known secret: Roe is actually NOT the controlling law on abortion. Planned Parenthood v Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992), is and, in that case, the Court ruled that the government did have a compelling interest in protecting unborn life and could impose reasonable restrictions like a 24-hour waiting period, parental consent, informed consent requirements, bans on abortion after a certain time period (in PA, abortion is illegal after 24 weeks).

While the Court – by a plurality – upheld a woman’s right to an abortion, which was established in Roe, it held that such was not an unfettered right. As an aside, Justice Kennedy was the 5th vote to overturn Roe right up to the last minute.

Also, bear in mind that the Supreme Court has already upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in Gonzales v Carhart, 550 U.S. 124 (2007).

Resist We Much on June 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Lt. Governor Dewhurst was an utter failure last night!

Yes, thank God he is not our Senator. Could you imagine how fast Dewhurt would be Texas Two Stepping to sign on with the Democrats to pass that crappy immigration bill?

redguy on June 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Frankly this Texan wishes Dewhurst would just go away.

Although I’m glad Cruz is in the senate representing Texas and doing her proud…Texas is stuck with Dewhurst and his incompetence in the legislature.

The good news is that if Gov. Perry decides to run for POTUS in 2016 Atty. Gen. Abbott will kick Dewhurst’s jackassery to the curb.

workingclass artist on June 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

A bill to restrict the ripping off of baby’s limbs inside the womb once old enough’to feel pain’, and to insure abortion doctors are certified by hospitals (hopefully keeping women safer) CANNOT PASS, dontcha know.
The pro-aborts simply cannot allow ANY restrictions, even if/when it would accually help their (women’s health) cause !!
Sure signs they’ve jumped their own shark.
Sickening.

pambi on June 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

The Age of the Community Agitator started more than five years ago…there are no rules.

d1carter on June 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Sekhmet on June 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Maybe.

It could also be that Dewhurst is completely incompetent.

I expect Gov. Perry will use it to his political advantage.

workingclass artist on June 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

To further this conspiracy theory, the republican caucus has now agreed with Dewhurst.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM

DOMA struck down as violative of 5th Amend Equal Protection. Gay Marriage is now the law of the land.

God help this country.

cww on June 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Can someone, please explain to me why you would need to carry a child for 20 weeks before deciding it was a problem? I will never understand this.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

The bill would have imposed strict medical standards on the clinics effectively shutting down the majority of clinics in Texas especially in rural counties.

workingclass artist on June 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

One attempting a filibuster in the Texas state senate can get 3 warnings for rules violations before a vote can be allowed to stop the filibuster.

She got one warning for going “off topic” when she mentioned Planned Parenthood and the state women’s health budget. Really?

One when a colleague helped her put on her back brace.

And the third for mentioning Texas’ ultrasound before abortion law.

Now, even though I AGREE with the attempted restrictions, if this had gone the other way and democrats had tried to shut down a republican filibuster on a controversial topic with similar questionable(to say the absolute least)rulings, and it was conservatives waiting in the wings?

I’m sure you all would have been fully quiet and obedient of the “process” taking place, no question. Right?

Sure.

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Exactly, there is no reason except for a change in the mother’s circumstance causing a knee jerk reaction to get rid of the child. That’s it.
This is about power for PP. Nothing else. The stupid lemmings think is is women’s rights or whatever other bs they can come up with but it is all about PP. Margaret Sanger cheers.

ORconservative on June 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Make an attempt at objectivity before you just accept the notion that you should be outraged and feel undermined. It’s coming from folks who don’t even want to mention the republican side of the affair. They just want you to be angry with the opposition, not rational free thinking adults.

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

workingclass artist on June 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Bummer. /

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM

First, you have to mention a similar instance where righty’s acted this way.

Otherwise you are living in fantasyland.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

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.

Exactly. Blasphemy, to treat abortion as if it were a mere medical procedure.

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.

Well, abortion is sacred to these people, so it makes sense that abortion clinics are something like temples.

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.

This sounds almost identical to a recent Mississippi law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Needless to say, there’s already a lawsuit against the new law, and a judge has at least temporarily blocked it from going into effect.

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.

This may be the first time ever that the left has objected to piling costs unfairly on a business for mere safety concerns.

It’s a lie, of course. Abortion, unlike virtually all other medical procedures, is a cash-only business where the provider doesn’t even have to worry about requesting reimbursement from insurance. Abortion clinics would find it easier to pay for such renovations than most others.

We all know the real reason goes back to abortion being sacred.

And the media is the worst. You can practically hear the gloating in the NYT story. And, of course, they lionize the main protester as “a petite Fort Worth Democrat in pink sneakers who would rather see women die than lay even the tiniest burden on the sacred rites of abortion.”

I might have editorialized that last quote a bit….

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Make an attempt at objectivity…

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Take your own advice before demanding it of others.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM

…welcome to the new standard of democracy, in which shouting mobs rule rather than the democratic process.

It’s all they have. They can’t debate on facts & merits, they can only shout. Ghey “rights”, abortion “rights”, union “rights”, illegal alien “rights” … “advocates” for all these are characterized by their tactics of bullying, shouting, and threats. But the Tea Party is the “wacko birds”, natch.

KS Rex on June 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

ORconservative on June 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I’m trying to imagine the circumstances that could change enough that death was the best option for a child I’d been carrying for 20 weeks. I’ll never understand that or the need to give PP such power. What a terrible thing it must be to support an institution who’s object is death. God weeps for us.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

The legislature made a bad decision waiting until the last moment for a bill that Democrats strongly opposed.

It also didn’t help that some of the Republicans who voted for the bill were horribly misinformed.

Jodi Laudenberg, one member of the Texas State House, described a rape kit as an abortion procedure. She was the coauthor of the bill.

http://www.mediaite.com/online/texas-lawmaker-confuses-rape-kit-with-abortion-thinks-you-can-get-both-in-er/

Mister Mets on June 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

First, you have to mention a similar instance where righty’s acted this way.
Otherwise you are living in fantasyland.
cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Haha, no, I don’t. Because you know as well as I do either way that conservatives would have been outraged if it went in reverse.

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I’ve seen comments calling Dewhurst (?) a dumbazz. But it’s kind of hard to work up an equal amount of outrage over procedural blunders and baby killing. But maybe that just me.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Strict time limit for special sessions.

Its not only weird, but unprecedented. Changes will be made.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Not really. It’s to prevent the governor from abusing the part-time legislature and turning it into a full-time one. “Running out the clock” is actually a feature, not a bug.

Having said that, the idea that a mob could shout down the workings of said legislature is a bad precedent.

GWB on June 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM

They will protect their holy sacrament at all cost. Even reasonable and safer provisions for all involved.

I hope my governor calls a special session quickly and that my state does become the most restrictive abortion state in the union as portrayed it would be. And I hope it angers a multitude of blood thirsty baby killers so much so that they move out of this great state in protest. Their stench is fouling up the place.

anuts on June 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I’m trying to imagine the circumstances that could change enough that death was the best option for a child I’d been carrying for 20 weeks. I’ll never understand that or the need to give PP such power. What a terrible thing it must be to support an institution who’s object is death. God weeps for us.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

The majority of Texans approved this bill.

workingclass artist on June 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Haha, no, I don’t. Because you know as well as I do either way that conservatives would have been outraged if it went in reverse.

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

You are a hypocrite, and I don’t know if righty’s would act the same.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Take your own advice before demanding it of others.
cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM

And excuse me, Cosmo. But I AM being objective. I DO support the restrictions they were attempting to place on the laws.

BUT, that doesn’t change the fact that the Relublicans in Texas went above and beyond to try to stifle legitimate debate a process, and the viewers got upset. They even tried to change the time stamps on the last votes after it was done to claim it was done before the midnight deadline.

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Completely agree. This is a culture of death, in all interpretations. I fear as well.

ORconservative on June 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM

GWB on June 26, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I agree with what you wrote. The changes involved will be the ability of the gallery to interrupt the proceedings.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Not much of a mob. Looked more like a bunch of hapless women with plastic coat hangers to me.

Bmore on June 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM

They did no such thing, on your first claim, and didn’t succeed on your second.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Video: Abortion activists hijack Texas legislature, block vote on Gosnell-inspired limits
POSTED AT 9:21 AM ON JUNE 26, 2013 BY ED MORRISSEY

B.S., Ed.
Show me one supporter of this bill that isn’t an advocate/supporter for making abortion illegal.
Or am I wrong, Ed – you support safe and legal abortion? It’s just that you wanna make sure there aren’t any Gosnells working…right…that’s all?
If someone is truly concerned about the health of the women seeking these services, then by all means…come up with something that truly advances that goal.
(And remember when Rand Paul ‘hijacked’ the Senate. Or do I recall his filibuster being painted differently by you and other here?)

verbaluce on June 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Bmore on June 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I laughed at the picture of some of them with bags over their heads.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

You are a hypocrite, and I don’t know if righty’s would act the same.
cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:17 AM

And you, sir, are a liar.

If this was a republican filibuster against a controversial and highly publicized and charged democrat attempt to ease abortion restrictions. And the republican was cut off for the VERY SAME violations, a galley full of tea Partiers would have been outraged.

Notice Ed didn’t even feign a mention at HOW her filibuster was cut off, the “rules” cited, or ANY behavior from the Texas republican legislature, only how you should be shocked and amazed at how crass and unruly those blasted democrats were in undermining the good efforts of Republicans.

Why do you think that is?

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

They ran out the clock so to speak…and Dewhurst let them do that.

workingclass artist on June 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Ok, this is the key point then. Wow. Let these idiots just take over. Unf#%*#!@g believable.

Dongemaharu on June 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

It took David Dewhurst three tries before he could get voter ID passed. That’s 4 years and three sessions. He has let anti sanctuary city laws fail twice and did not address them this year even with his repub majority.

David Dewhurst struggles to get conservative laws enacted and he even had dems voting with him on this. Of course having our house delegation elect one of the most liberal repubs as speaker also gives him cover.

Call another session and finish this off.

DanMan on June 26, 2013 at 10:24 AM

B.S., Ed.

verbaluce on June 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Shucks honey, only an idiot like you would combine the filibuster with mob action.

At least Genuine has an ally now.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:24 AM

They did no such thing, on your first claim, and didn’t succeed on your second.
cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Haha!! Absolute bs, and you KNOW it!

But hey, at least you’ll admit that they changed the time stamps on the votes, a pretty serious breach of ethics and rules though.

Even if you can’t bring yourself to admit that YOU’D have been outraged if a republican representative was shut down for the exact same rules “violations”.

They tried to stop her filibuster and they used questionable means to do so, to say the LEAST, and THEN attempted to falsify the record to get around the fact that they voted after the deadline.

But man, look as those democrats in the galley!!! Can you believe how they undermined the process?!?! Babykillers!!!

;)

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

And you, sir, are a liar.

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Oh really, you are the one making the argument that the filibuster was shut down against the rules. Only the idiot pro-abortion side is doing that.

How about when the US House and Senate shredded the rule book to pass 0bamacare? There is your similar incident. Republicans did not do as you claim they would.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I’m trying to imagine the circumstances that could change enough that death was the best option for a child I’d been carrying for 20 weeks. I’ll never understand that or the need to give PP such power. What a terrible thing it must be to support an institution who’s object is death. God weeps for us.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

You can’t take the test for Down’s syndrome until 18 weeks or so.

/sad

cptacek on June 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Haha!! Absolute bs, and you KNOW it!

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

No BS on my part, but keep tryin’.

The other lib trolls will be here at some point for your support.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

verbaluce on June 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

You’re a dumbass that can’t read. Your dems claim it would close all but 5 clinics because they would have to meet the same standards a “doc-in-the-box” like you see at strip malls that are inspected have to meet.

It restricts abortion after 20 weeks because that is when they have demonstrable proof the baby can feel pain. That is the same type of argument many states have used to deny the death penalty.

DanMan on June 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I laughed at the picture of some of them with bags over their heads.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

The one looked like a pair of mens large tighty whiteys. Lol!

Bmore on June 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Socons had hopes of exploiting the Gosnell thing as much as possible to force their 1950 abortion agenda upon America. It’s a big fail.

Funny thing how most people don’t want the government making these decisions for them. Even in Texas they can’t pass this. Whining about people yelling is a pithy excuse. If they were yelling for it, you would be cheering them on as an example of what the people want.

I really believe most people would support a ban on late term abortions in this country. The problem is, extremists would take that as a step to ban everything, and everyone knows it.

Which would send females of all ages to butchers. Then you really would have Gosnells everywhere. Because banning abortion doesn’t make the demand for abortions disappear.

Moesart on June 26, 2013 at 10:30 AM

cptacek on June 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Oddly enough, I would never take a “test” for Downs Syndrome.

Cindy Munford on June 26, 2013 at 10:32 AM

and didn’t succeed on your second.
cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:21 AM

And furthermore, the ONLY reason they didn’t “succeed”(i.e., get away with)the “second”(Attempting to falsify the record by changing the time stamps on their final rounds of voting), is because they got caught by someone on the Internet keeping up with the process and screenshotted the servers official results before the system was altered, shut down, then put up showing different times.

It didn’t “succeed” only because they got caught.

Genuine on June 26, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I thought the mantra was supposed to be “safe, legal, and rare”. I guess, in Texas, the opponents think that “legal” is sufficient.

unclesmrgol on June 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM

cptacek on June 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Much earlier than that.

Due to complications, we had to get one when my wife was pregnant with our youngest.

cozmo on June 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM

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