An Irritation Deep in the Heart of Texas

I just read the best news of the day: After the nonsense of two weeks prior, the Texas House of Representatives passed its bill banning abortion. This is the same bill that was infamously filibustered by Senator Wendy Davis when it was first introduced in the Senate as Texas SB 5. It’s a shame the bill only bans abortion after 20 weeks, but hey, at least some Texan babies will be saved.  This bill seeks to:

  • ban abortions after 20 weeks (from the current 24 week limit)
  • force abortion clinics to meet basic health and safety standards (irony not intended)
  • require all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center
  • require a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a hospital
  • require a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient
Texas Senator Wendy Davis

Though this bill obviously does not go far enough, this is a significant victory for Texas considering the recent developments and history surrounding this bill’s passage. You may have heard the word “champion” alongside the name “Wendy Davis” in the always objective news lately. State Senator Wendy Davis is an elected official responsible for representing her constituents and residents of Texas. Instead of letting democracy take its course, and letting the vote on this bill rightfully occur, Sen. Davis chose to disrupt the proceedings by literally standing and speaking for 12 straight hours. To what end? The majority of Americans support a 20 week abortion, and I suspect the majority is much higher in conservative-leaning Texas. The final House vote on the bill was 96-49 in favour of the ban, which lends further credence to this argument. Rather that serving democracy and the residents of Texas, Sen. Davis has become yet another shining example of the behaviours and roots of the pro-choice movement, shunning grassroots activism and citizen voices in favour of the extreme and unpopular views of the radical elite. I suppose such maneuvering habits die hard; you see, Roe v. Wade, the case which legalized abortion on demand in the USA, started in Dallas County, Texas, before making its way to the Supreme Court of the United States. Abortion in the United States was decided by the court system, and ultimately by appointed Supreme Court judges, not by democratically elected representatives. 

During the final moments of Davis’s filibuster, a violent mob of rabid activists besieged the Senate chambers and delayed the democratic vote on this abortion bill (in addition to other bills). I’m certain when the Founding Fathers crafted the Bill of Rights and Constitution, it wasn’t an invitation to reduce democracy to whomever shouts the loudest. Moreover, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Adam Smith, some of the key crafters of the rights enjoyed by Americans, would be horrified to see a sitting president endorse mob rule, just as President Barack Obama was quick to do.

Something special is happening in Austin tonight: #StandWithWendy
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2013

As I’ve written before here and here, the Left eschews democracy and instead relies upon vulgarity and bullying to achieve its sordid goals. Apparently, this applies to its sitting presidents too.

Pro-Abortion screaming “Hail Satan!” and “F— the Church!”
(photo from

A final note on this cacophony of insanity:  Sen. Davis decried the bill limiting abortion as “inhumane.” Sen. Davis, please indulge us as to how this bill is inhumane. Some babies will be spared death; is that inhumanity? Please, don’t worry: the Left will still be able to kill their babies, just not after five months. Many beating hearts will still be stopped, and the future of America will still be aborted. So please, Sen. Davis, and your mob, stop the rhetoric, stop the hate, and stop trampling on democracy. You still have your precious abortion.

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