Don't Hand Me No Lies and Keep Your Hands to Yourself: The South Continues to Tighten Abortion Restrictions
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Don't Hand Me No Lies and Keep Your Hands to Yourself: The South Continues to Tighten Abortion Restrictions

By Cindy Davis | Think Pieces | May 22, 2014 | Comments ()


Yesterday, Louisiana Republicans added another notch to their “protective” victory belt when the state legislature passed a bill that will likely force the closing of three of its five abortion clinics. Similar laws have already been pushed through in Mississippi and Texas, Alabama is currently debating over its version, and Oklahoma’s bill is headed to the governor. Each of these states is basically cutting off women’s access to abortions by playing a little game with doctors’ hospital rights, stating that physicians who perform the procedure must have admitting privileges at hospitals within short distances (30 miles). These underhanded tactics by anti-abortion and pro-life groups are effectively employing their own abortion bans on the road to what they hope will be the “end of abortion.” Frighteningly, the south as a whole is getting a little too close to achieving that goal; as the article linked notes, if all these states limits go into effect, “…a woman in New Orleans would be nearly 300 miles from the nearest abortion clinic.”

Let’s talk the truth here. People who want to ban abortion in America are not protecting women. I am not a little girl, I don’t need you to save me from the big, bad doctor who will take away my baby. I am a grown, of age woman who makes her own decisions. I can drink. I can join the military and fight for my country. I can vote. But you want to save me from making decisions about my own body? You want me to drive to another state, or to go back to the age of back-room procedures, or sticking a hanger inside my body out of desperation, because you’ve forced all the clinics in my state to close? You’d rather see me dead from a botched, unsterile, or amateur abortion than for harm to come to a few cells hanging around my uterus? You’re giving us unnecessary “health and safety protections we deserve”?

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Bullshit. Who the fuck do you think you’re kidding? You want to protect your beliefs, your morals, your code of conduct. You don’t give a damn about women. If I am forced to keep a baby I don’t want and/or cannot support, you aren’t going to pay for the rest of that child’s life — I am. You aren’t going to support him or me with the social services we may need. You aren’t going to provide our continued medical care. You aren’t going to feed him, clothe him, or take responsibility for him the rest of your lives — I am. And I am the one who should be making that decision. I am the one who will make that decision. I am the one who will protect myself. I am the one who will fight for my health and safety. I am the one who will not give up. You’d better hunker down for the fight of your life, because my body is my own.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • VohaulsRevenge

    Pro-lifers are one of the two segments of the populace that burn me the fuck up (the other segment is for another time). Besides the fact that it's overwhelmingly uterus-less men who give a shit about it, there is zero logic behind it. They're against Planned Parenthood clinics that do a ton of other things besides abortion, like providing birth control that prevents unplanned pregnancies *in the first place*. They fight tooth and nail for fetuses that, once they're born, they'll block from any guaranteed healthcare, childcare, or education, whose parents they'll blame for bringing it on themselves (the more so if their kid turns out badly), kids they'll trot out as examples of why family values are crumbling and living condemnations of the way certain segments of the populace breed irresponsibly. If these men cared half as much about first trimester fetuses as they do about the 300 million-plus Americans walking and chewing gum right now, this country would be a fine place.

    So, I propose a change of tack; instead of proclaiming fetuses precious unborn humans, we need to emphasize that they are potential Democrats. And as corrupt as Democrats are at voter fraud, they might even get ACORN to put their fetuses on the ballot. Given that blacks have a proportionally higher abortion rate than whites, they should be railroading their pro-choice initiatives through Congress even now. Seriously though, fuck those guys.

    "Hallelujah! Holy Shit. Where's the Tylenol?"

  • lukebc

    With the demise of the Soviet Union and the (SUPPOSED) demise of Marxism, the true face of the white United States of Murca is returning as the whole facade of "equal rights" need not be adhered to anymore as there is no one around to use the oppression of minorities in the USofA as a ideological weapon against the USofA. Thus we should soon expect to see African-American convicts being leased out by southern states for contract labor to corporations. Thus the old "vagrancy laws" will soon start being used in the south AGAIN to assemble a large numbers of African-American "convicts" to be used as revenue for the various southern states. In fact, with schools already defacto segregated in the south, they'll probably go the next step and re-instate "separate but equal" drinking fountains as well as coming around to re-implementing a poll tax. And with the present makeup of the Supreme Court, a 21st Century version of Plessy v Ferguson will be OKd by THAT Supreme Court on the way to full on Jim Crow. JUST AS THE WAY SOUTHERNERS HAVE ALWAYS "known" AS "NORMAL".

  • Halbs

    I understand this is a controversial issue with a lot of person stories and deep-held beliefs involved. I hear the anger and want to provide a slightly different viewpoint. I wouldn't presume to be able to change anyone's mind with a blog comment, although I hope I could provide some nuance to how we view other people with differing beliefs.
    I am a libertarian and a person of faith, and I have no problem with many to most issues that you'd typically pin on people of faith, like gay marriage. (I don't understand why the state is involved in anyone's marriage. I think any adult should be able to do whatever they want with any other consenting adult, including starting a family, recreational drugs, marriage, making medical decisions, etc. To me it's simply beyond the scope of government) I also dislike what seems to be a disingenuous attack on abortion as a "women's health" issue when the real issue is being anti-abortion. We should be able to tell the truth to each other.
    Abortion is a different issue to me than the issues above because I believe the embryo/fetus is a life that also has intrinsic value. I'm an attorney and (I think) I understand the constitution, and I recognize that abortion is a right in the US. So I wouldn't argue with someone's right to an abortion. I just wish they would consider otherwise because of the fetus' intrinsic value.
    I understand the argument that there's a lot of overlap between people who are anti-abortion and people who wouldn't want to expand social services. That's not the case for everyone who is anti-abortion. It can also be the case that a person is anti-abortion yet pro-life, truly pro-life. I was an unwanted child that ended up in the foster system and was eventually adopted. For obvious reasons I am glad I am here. I've tried to care for kids in need by volunteering at my local middle schools, serving as a guardian ad litem for kids in the foster system, donating time and resources to food and clothing drives, etc.
    What I am trying to say, in sum, is that you can have a coherent, consistent worldview in which abortion isn't a good. You can do that while respecting rights and individuals who are making hard choices. So please don't lump me in as a "right-winger" or a Christian nut or someone who doesn't care about kids. I do care about kids. And I care the moms and dads, because my biological mom IS one of the moms and dads, and because I feel I'm called to care about everyone, regardless of how they vote or the choices they make. And so I am anti-abortion because, in my mind, I am pro life. I hope you can at least respect that I take the position because I feel I have to. I would be lying to myself if I didn't.
    Thanks for listening, if you made it this far.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    I appreciate your response; even though I disagree with you, I am glad you wrote what you did.

  • Halbs

    Thank you, Jenn.

  • wonkeythemonkey

    Thank you for this! It's good to know that this is still a place where reasonable people can disagree on important issues.

  • _Alexander_

    This seems like an excellent opportunity for neighboring states to earn some money. Abortion clinics can offer discount for people from sexist states

  • RobynRobotron

    Are they going to pay for the travel expenses, as well? I know you're joking, but that is a rather flippant way of looking at things.

  • competitivenonfiction

    May we never ever forget that rights, once won, can be appealed, pulled back and torn from our hands the moment we become comfortable or in the least bit apathetic. Hell, it doesn't even require apathy or comfort. We may want to believe we can't go back to another place; one where women not allowed to pursue a life outside the home or participate in political actions. We might even not want to believe that we need to actively fight for the rights of men and women of colour anymore for the same reason. But the moment we think that the active removal or refusal of rights to one group means nothing to all the other groups, that's when we're all in danger of being oppressed or forced into a corner. Every single one of us.

    From my comfortable little perch up in Canada, I have to keep on reminding myself that there are people here just waiting for the opening to re-open old wounds and force my daughter to live in a world without choice. And that the moment I start thinking that we're safe and things can't be rolled back, or I convince myself that the work is done, that's when I start to crack open that door a little further to those fuckers.

    Fuck this shit.

  • Uriah_Creep

    * standing ovation *

  • barcia

    Time to start up the Jane Collective again.

  • AngelenoEwok


  • Mrs. Julien

    Cindy, that was such a perfect encapsulation of the issue. Thank you.

  • Thank you!

  • manting

    conservatives love to get involved in the entire process of baby making: sex education (abstinence only!), sex (not until marriage, join the promise keepers!) , contraception (we dont want you to have access to it and we want you to pay for it) and pregnancy (no abortions, even in cases of rape and incest), but the moment and I mean the MOMENT that kid is born they are like, "fuck off you're on your own!"

  • Maguita NYC

    Politicians raise the questions on our reproductive rights when they want to steer the conversation away from things that truly matter and they'd rather not effectively deal with, because of their own personal gains and agenda.

    Economy is heading to the shitter: Blame abortion.
    Too many wars on borrowed dime: Blame those socialists who want health care like any other socialist (i.e. civilized) country.
    Need to cut on the middle class because your contract with lobbyists does not allow you to cut on the richest top 1%? Blame those takers who want to live off the government.
    Your country needs to start making drastic changes to contribute in climate control? Blame those homosexicles who want to have sex legally within the bounds of matrimony.

    You just have to look deeper into each politician's motives, and find a way to redirect the conversation on you know, POLITICS.

  • ZombieMrsSmith

    I swear every time I won't get involved in these political pieces on Pajiba, and I'm sure I'll get some backlash here, but...

    Stop blaming the politicians. As long as they can get elected, they are representing the (supposed) majority of their constituency. The public has to vote these people out of office and if the majority of people believe in abortion rights, women's rights, LGBTQ rights and so on, and by that I mean EVERYONE's rights, we have to be proactive about the type of government representation we want and we have to vote for candidates that will govern that way.

    Everyone thinks abortion is a bad thing and no woman wants to think she will one day have to make the choice to have one, for whatever reason. It must be made clear that making abortion illegal, or difficult to obtain, will not make the need for abortion go away. The magical thinking on the part of these politicians scares the hell out of me.

    And finally, there are not better and worse reasons to make that choice. I hate to pick on NateMan, but the comments about the women in the clinic in NYC talking about having three or four procedures doesn't give anyone a right to judge. It's still legal, and this type of commentary is just as judgmental as what gets spouted by conservative Christian right-wingers about sluts and welfare queens. We can't choose what type of birth control is accessible to other people and we shouldn't make judgments about why other people might need to have more than one abortion. I sympathize with NateMan for his ordeal, and I know it was shockingly difficult for him and his former wife, but his shaming of other women is wrong, and I feel the need to call it out.

    My body, my choice. It really should be that simple.

  • Dumily

    I don't want this to be a backlash so much as a slight point of contention: I don't think abortion is a bad thing. I don't even view it as a necessary evil. I think ceding the moral high ground to the religious right, accepting that abortion is morally wrong, but still needs to be legal is a bad idea. I think a lot of the time, it's not just the right decision for a woman, but the moral one.

  • ZombieMrsSmith

    I appreciate your sensitivity to my use of the word *bad* but I meant it more in terms of, it's a decision no woman wants to have to make, for moral reasons or otherwise. It's a difficult (and often expensive) choice no matter the circumstances, and my best hope is that women will be more able and likely to make up their own minds, have access to birth control as well as control of their own sexual health and participation, so that abortion does become exceedingly rare.

  • Dumily

    I completely agree that it's a last resort decision. And that fewer abortions are better than more abortions. And that we should have actual comprehensive sex education, and cheap and easy access to birth control in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies. But I am sensitive to any good/ bad judgement being put on abortion because part of the pro - life lobby's argument is that abortions hurt women. Only the research says that's not true most of the time. Usually women feel relieved after an abortion. Certainly in my case that's true. And at this point in my life, as a 30 something in a stable 10 year relationship where we both make a decent amount of money, if I got pregnant again, I would abort the shit out of that embryo without a second thought. I'm sure that sounds callous in the way that a lot of people would object to when dealing with a subject as serious as abortion. But I have given a lot of forethought to it, and I know absolutely that is the decision I would be most comfortable with in every way. So I don't mind that people thinking that I'm not showing that proper respect to the subject, but I do mind people thinking that I'm somehow taking advantage of abortions or "ruining it" by not feeling conflicted about it. If I didn't have access to really reliable (expensive) birth control, and I needed 3 or 4 abortions, I would get them, and I wouldn't feel any remorse about that.

  • RobynRobotron

    THIS! When I had my abortion, it took two tries. The first attempt was in Norman, OK, and there were no protesters (there never are, because Planned Parenthood doesn't provide abortions in Oklahoma and anti-choice people don't realize there are other providers out there {providers that ONLY do abortions, by the way, as apposed to those who provide other essential services for low-income women}). They used an anesthesia method called "twilighting" for the procedure, so I wasn't present. When I woke up, I was told that they couldn't do it because my cervix didn't dilate enough. I was devastated, and was bawling my eyes out. Someone came in to my recovery room and told me to shut up because I would upset the other patients. I doubt they say the same to women who had successful abortions. They told me to come try again in a week, but I didn't want to chance it not working out so my folks drove me to Texas to get it done at PP, where I was awake the entire time and it was a very simple and pretty painless procedure.

    I wasn't in any danger by being pregnant, I just wasn't ready for a kid yet wanted one enough to have not been able to carry it to term and then give it to someone else. Any reason a woman wants an abortion is a good reason, and we don't all regret it. I had some woman at a rally tell me that all women who have them regret it and I shut her down real quick. Like most women who have abortions, I went on to have a wonderful child when I was ready, with a partner that respects me, and I will never regret anything that brought me here.

  • ZombieMrsSmith

    That's the big point I was trying to make. I don't think anyone should have to justify that their reason for having an abortion is any more reasonable or acceptable than anyone else's. It is so important not to fall into the trap of thinking some people get abortions for the *wrong* reasons. Getting an abortion is bad simply because it usually happens when there is a failure of support for a woman's ability to make better choices before she gets pregnant, like access to birth control, good reproductive health care and sex education.

  • Dumily

    Oops, entirely my fault. Or that of my iPhone which did not load the last paragraph of your original post when I was reading this on the bus this morning. We apparently completely agree. Carry on.

  • BlackRabbit

    Except that you have one vote. The people on the other side have money, and "morality", and years of these kinds of laws, and the fear that if they let go of the tiger's tail they will be next. I DO blame the damned politicians, the hypocrites and morons and holier-than-thou jackasses who bleat about the sanctity of life and sexual issues and marriage while envelopes of money are stuffed into their faces like a roast pig with an apple. They're not voting for the majority as much as for the squeaky wheels who roll along, singing songs of sluts and rape and sanctity to people and keep them in fear so the slop will keep flowing to their trough. I don't even blame the money-money's an impartial force, like water or chocolate. It does what you direct it to do and it does it well if you use enough of it often enough. All of these examples of the politics of blame are being used like a sword with religion as a shield, and we're all suffering for it.

  • NateMan

    I agree with you entirely. Every woman there deserved the abortion she felt she needed, and should be able to get it without persecution or struggle. But a guy can't help the way he feels, sitting in a room on the worst day of his life, watching other people treat it as just another day.

    I don't blame them for getting pregnant. I don't blame them for needing an abortion. But just like I can be 100% supportive of gay marriage and all that it entails while still sometimes feeling uncomfortable with seeing two guys kiss, I can fully support women's right to abortions while at the same time feeling uncomfortable at the casualness - and callousness - with which some people approach it. Might not make a hell of a lot of sense, but there it is. My feelings are my own, and don't enter into the right & wrong of it.

  • emmalita

    Over 20 years ago my roommate at the time realized she was pregnant about a week after she broke up with her boyfriend. They talked about it and decided becoming parents would be bad for both of them, so they agreed abortion was the right way to go. The ex decided to go to rehab to deal with his drug and alcohol problem, and I helped my roommate find an abortion provider and took her to all the appointments. It wasn't fun, but there were no protestors to deal with, the clinic was a reasonable distance away, and there was no waiting period. Now my former roommate is in a happy relationship, has had a career she feels good about and is the loving mother to a 5 yr old. In the state where we lived, there is only one remaining abortion clinic, half a state away from where we lived. I'm not sure my crappy little car would have made it. There is also a three day waiting period. I feel terrible for the people who decide they aren't ready to become parents and then have to jump through so many hoops.

  • Modiano

    My friend had a similar experience. One of her goals in life was to be a mother, just not yet...and not with her alcoholic abusive boyfriend at the time.

    This was a couple decades ago and in a very red state. Thankfully, it was not an issue. If we had to deal with what women today have to, it might have broken her spirit entirely. Adding the pressure she felt from the boyfriend, the shame her family put on her, spending the only money she had on the procedure the pain (she used the non-surgical method which was awful for her) and the fear that she may never get pregnant again if something went wrong...I can't even imagine additional hurdles.

    She is married to a great guy and just had her second baby.

  • emmalita

    I'm really happy to hear that.

  • Lee

    I hear ya. I got pregnant once to a 'casual' friend, because of a broken condom and a morning after pill that didn't work. I live in a country where I was able to quickly find a doctor who could do the procedure and get it done quickly at my local hospital with minimal drama. I can only imagine what it must be like for you poor sods who have to travel hundreds of miles and pay thousands, while dealing with harassment from protesters (as another poster said). The stuff PTSD is made of.

  • emmalita

    It really is.

  • Ruthie O

    I am totally feeling your righteous rage, Cindy! Being pregnant has only strengthened my commitment to pro-choice politics. Right now, this little fetus is EATING MY LIFE FORCE and generally making life complicated, and the only thing that makes me okay with this situation is that I am thrilled and stoked to be a mother. I can't imagine how scary pregnancy and all of its side effects must be for women who don't want to have a baby. I just can't imagine.

    ALSO, the reason I am happily pregnant and wouldn't consider having an abortion? I had a decade of free support from Planned Parenthood (the organization these "protective" laws attack), allowing me to wait until this moment, when my heart, body, and life are full and open and ready to start a family.

  • Congratulations, and happy, healthy wishes!

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Don't have sex until you get married. If you do, we're not going to teach you about safe sex or provide you with protection. If you get pregnant, you better have the baby because it's a "precious gift". Once you do have it, we're going to vilify you and refuse you support because you should have been abstinent in the first place. Now, go get yourself and that baby a job.

    You can't win. One step forward, three steps back.

  • huh.

    Only when you get that job you're going to have to put the baby in day care, which means you are spending half or more of your pay to let someone else watch your child while you are judged for not taking care of your own kid.
    Becoming a parent has taught me one very important thing; to do what is right for my family and let others do what is right for theirs.

  • Maguita NYC

    I love you @cindy_davis:disqus .

  • Yay! You've been missed. (I totally missed you.)

  • Maguita NYC

    Like, I totally missed you too.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Where have you been? We have missed you!

  • Maguita NYC

    Thank you Mrs. J! Missed you too!

  • NateMan


  • Maguita NYC

    Hey my favorite old-beyond-his-years perv!

    Missed you peepaw.

  • :) Welcome back!

  • Maguita NYC

    Thk you chica. Missed you and your Super Feminist ways. Mwah!

  • Bert_McGurt

    Holy shi*tsnacks! Look who it is!

    We've missed you my dear.

  • Maguita NYC

    I've missed you too guys! Thks Bert. Cindy's battle cry of ENOUGH pushed me into action.

    Hope all is well with the fiancée?

  • Bert_McGurt

    Married now with a little one on the way. Not wasting time around here!

  • Maguita NYC

    Already! Also, mazel tov!

  • NateMan

    So... Here's my story. I don't think I've told this before, but I could be wrong.

    I was married before my current one, to a lovely woman who I remain friends with - it just didn't work out for us. She had lupus and other physical ailments, and had always had a very chaotic menstrual cycle. She had issues in her past that made her adamant that she didn't want to have a child, and I didn't at that point in my life either. She was on birth control. We had sex. She had her period. Then she missed another two. After experiencing severe abdominal cramps she took a pregnancy test. It came back positive. We went to the ER. They did another test, confirmed it, were going to do an internal ultrasound, and couldn't, because all of a sudden they discovered she was 5 months along. We panicked. She's there, sobbing and horrified. I get dizzy, my vision fades out, and I almost faint right then and there. I ask the ER doctor what we can do. His line (and this is in a great hospital in a very liberal part of Massachusetts) was "Nothing. Just go home and accept it." I almost killed him, there in the ER.

    Long story short, we were able to get an appointment all the way over in NYC. Because she was so far along it was a 2 day procedure and we had to stay over within a certain mileage of the clinic. We drove down, walked by protesters both days, signed in, they needed to know where we were staying. Turns out the hotel I'd reserved was over the border into NJ, and that wasn't acceptable. $1000 room reservation to stay in the city later, the procedure was done while I waited in the sitting room with people I judged... badly. Who were on their 3rd and 4th abortion, which was obvious just by the things they were saying. I was so angry, so frustrated, so hating the world and everyone in it. Here we'd done everything right and still ended up in this predicament. It was a horrible, traumatic experience for us both. To this day I will not go back to NYC and the whole city could be turned into a sheet of glass and I wouldn't give a shit (obviously not really, but there's really bad emotions associated with the place, so it's what I tell myself). Our marriage failed a few months later. Not because of this, but it sure didn't help.

    That's what happens when you get an unhealthy woman pregnant in what's probably the most liberal state in the country. That whole shitstorm, all because her birth control failed. And fuckers in these Red States want to make it even more difficult than it already is?

    Fuck that, and fuck anyone who agrees to these regulations. And now I need to do some deep breathing, because I'm so angry I want to hurt someone.

  • Maguita NYC

    Thank you for your courage in telling this story Nate! Too many still judge harshly those who understand the weight of responsibility it takes to raise a child.

    I'm glad you're okay and your ex is doing fine too!

  • Ruthie O

    Part of the reason these laws are able to get support is that there is so much shame and stigma surrounding abortion. Sharing real-life stories of abortion is the best way to combat that. So, thank you.

  • As horrific a story as I can imagine, Nate.

    You and your ex did everything right and still ended up in that hole. That's unfair

  • NateMan

    Yep. And that's life. If you're a sexually active woman before the age of menopause and you're not sterile it can happen to you. If you're a man having sex with a woman in the above condition it can happen to you. But these cocksuckers (and there's an ironic term, because if you do that right and to completion you never have to worry about needing an abortion) are certain it won't happen to them. But it can. It does. And it will.

    Lots of people have abortions for reasons I'd consider morally gray. Hell, even immoral, depending on what your beliefs are. But it's not my business so I stay the hell out of it. Because if there's a SINGLE woman whose life is going to be irreparably harmed by poor access to the medical care she needs, it's worth all the rest. I can be pro-life and pro-choice at the same time, and to hell with anyone who disagrees.

  • kirbyjay

    I agree. I hate the fact that some women use abortion as birth control ( the 3 and 4 timers). I actually accompanied a friend years ago to get an abortion. It was horrible and I felt so bad for her and then 3 months later she was pregnant again and had another. Jeez, try learning from your mistakes.
    I don't think I could ever go through it, and that would be my choice, but I certainly don't presume that I or anyone else, especially a man, has the right to tell a women what decisions she can make about her own body. So yeah, I'm kinda pro-life, pro-choice myself.

  • Thank you for sharing that story.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Jesus Nate, that's awful. I'm sorry you both had to go through that.

  • NateMan

    Thanks, bud. I appreciate it. We're both as 'over' it as we can get. But it'll never be totally scabbed over. And it's why I can never be rational about this shit.

  • Bert_McGurt

    As far as I'm concerned, this IS being rational!

  • Dumily
  • JenVegas

    i love you cindy davis

  • :)

  • Jim

    Any chance some forward thinking polits could tack a rider on that bill adding the same short distance admitting privs are needed for writing Viagra scripts too?

  • damnitjanet

    Here, here.

  • RigbyReardon

    I'm sure everyone's going to say the same thing when commenting on this article, so I'll just sum it up succinctly for everyone:

    Jesus tapdancing Christ.

  • Bert_McGurt

    "If I am forced to keep a baby I don’t want and/or cannot support, you aren’t going to pay for the rest of that child’s life — I am. You aren’t going to support him or me with the social services we may need. You aren’t going to provide our continued medical care. You aren’t going to feed him, clothe him, or take responsibility for him the rest of your lives — I am."

    And if for economic and social reasons you and that child go on welfare, or become criminals, or whatever - guess who'll be first in line to jump down your throat?

  • Finance_Nerd

    It is pretty staggering in the amount of hypocrisy that comes with these laws. "We want to protect the children." Really? Because it seems like once they're born lawmakers in these states don't give a shit about them. TX ranks 49th among 50 states in education spending. Oh and with that education, state policy makers remain stubbornly committed to promoting a failed
    abstinence-only approach to sex education. As a result, Texas has one of the highest teen birthrates in the nation. What happens to teen moms? Poverty. TX continues to have the highest rate in the country of people without
    health insurance and ranks among the top-10 highest in poverty. So have that baby, but good luck in taking care of it b/c we're going to as little as possible in helping you with it once it's born.

    BTW - I live in Austin and think it's a great city, but the politicians here are mostly fucking idiots.

  • emmalita

    I've been in Austin since mid-October attending to some family stuff. For a while I was thinking seriously about staying, but I just can't. Too much willful blindness and stupidity, too little compassion.

  • Finance_Nerd

    Austin is actually considered the "liberal" part of TX, so I'm guessing you wouldn't enjoy much of the rest of the state. There are 100+ people/day moving to Austin though, so hopefully they're more open minded and can help change things.

  • emmalita

    I was born and raised here, and then spent 20 years living else where. Things changed a lot in Texas politics while I was gone. I'm hoping they become more reasonable, but the legacy of Rick Perry is going to be around for a while.

  • RobynRobotron

    My mom is from Houston and she misses Ann Richards.

  • emmalita

    Ann Richards was the best.

  • NateMan

    They care about them right up until they come squirting out of the vag. And then they're YOUR problem.

  • Elleinad

    George Carlin did a great bit on that. Miss that guy.

  • AngelenoEwok
  • Lee

    He's on the money. Anti-woman is where it's all at. Taking away women's rights to make choices about their own bodies is just the start. Watch The Magdelene Sisters for a great example of where TX and other pro-life states are headed.

  • AngelenoEwok

    I'm a clinic escort, so I hear the picketers fantasize about it every weekend.

  • Salieri2

    Good work, AngelenoEwok!

  • The fucking man right there.

  • Elleinad

    I was born and raised Roman Catholic in Texas. I used to be "pro-life". I used to judge and direct ugly thought toward women that got abortions. Oh how silly and young I was. I am still a Christian. I still believe in God but I also believe that it is better a woman terminate her pregnancy than bring a child into this world who is unwanted and will probably be treated as such. When I hear about horrific child abuse,whether it be physical or emotional, I think about how much better off that child would have been if it just wasn't here. That child will not grow up to continue the cycle of abuse and be a negative contribution to society. Also, we have the RIGHT to choose. It is not a privilege but a right as human beings. I like the old saying that if men could get pregnant there would be an abortion clinic on every street corner. Ain't that the truth.

  • NateMan

    That is a great, great post. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • Surprised Bobby found time from his speaking circuit job to deign to come back home to sign anything. That clown has had one foot out ever since he got a sniff of DC.

    And Cindy, 100% agree with you. This isn't about protecting women's health. It's about ending abortion.

    EDIT TO ADD: I always find it odd that those who say they don't want the government involved in so much of our lives are very much in favor of getting the government involved in the most personal and sacred of human rights.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    They want a government just small enough to fit into a vagina.

  • msd-O'Hurn, M.D.

    That would make an awesome bumper sticker.

  • It amazes me that this is still happening in 2014, and that there are still so many of these fucking idiots that think they can decide what's right for other people.

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