So what’s the deal with SB5? Governor Rick Perry has demanded a second special Texas legislative session on July 1 just to take a vote on bill SB5 that would shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics, leaving only 5 clinics open in the whole state.
First question I have is, Does Governor Rick Perry have absolutely nothing else to focus on? You mean to tell me that trying to control women’s reproductive rights is the only thing wrong in the state of Texas? Isn’t their a huge economic problem in the state of Texas and lack of jobs? I do remember him criticizing President Obama for his lack of job creation throughout the country. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black Rick..Oops. I mean Dick! Wasting public money on a special vote just to restrict reproductive rights is unproductive and a bone headed move on his part and let’s not B.S here. This is definitely about women’s reproductive right’s and not about “preventing the murder of fetuses.” Luckily, Senator Wendy Davis and hundreds of protesters fought the bill so hard this week because it is NOT concerned with women’s health—they are concerned about controlling women.
Instead of criminalizing abortion, politicians should push for funding comprehensive sex education in schools and making birth control affordable for all women. Those are two smart policies Texas Representative Senfronia Thompson tried to add to Texas’ bill, but Republicans shot them down as well, because not only are we supposed to be cattle, but we are also not allowed to know how to protect ourselves against unwanted pregnancies and STD’s. It is naive to think that abstinence is the only answer, because let’s be honest. No one is going to remember to put on the breaks once in the heat of the moment. It’s okay that abstinence is a choice/option, because it is the only way to prevent pregnancy and STD’s 100 percent, but it is negligent and irresponsible to not teach comprehensive sex education in the case that people choose to no longer abstain from sex.
Now back to this ridiculous bill and what it would do…
This proposed bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest, require all abortion clinics to meet surgical center standards (an expensive change that could force many of the state’s clinics to close) and makes it illegal to prescribe the abortion pill remotely (which is important because 92 percent of Texas counties already don’t have any abortion providers). Plus, it requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital no more than 30 miles from the abortion clinic, effectively excluding out-of-state abortion doctors. All of this adds up to making abortion an impossible option for a large swath of Texans.
Now the Republicans and many people who support the ban on abortions after 20 weeks don’t seem to realize that late term abortions are not a regular thing that is done and when done, is out of serious health risk (even if it is done regularly, it is none of their business and is between a woman and her doctor, but I digress) “The Guttmacher Institute, a New York-based reproductive health research organization, reports that of the 1.2 million abortions performed in 2009, 1.3% of them, or 15,600, occurred 20 weeks after the fetus was conceived. These tend to be due to unexpected medical complications for the mother or fetus.” However the general public seem to be under the impression that women who make the choice to get an abortion are selfish whores that need to keep their legs shut, which brings to mind the double bind that women live with in our society.
This is not about protecting women’s health as they claim. Paul Ryan said it best when he stated “We don’t want a country where abortion is simply outlawed,” he explains. “We want a country where it isn’t even considered.” <— This is what the real goal is. Women are not taking this sitting down though. My new hero (along with Wendy) State Senator Nina Turner! Senator Turner is so sick of men and some other women trying to control the reproductive rights of other women that she introduced her own bill “SB 307, which requires men to visit a sex therapist, undergo a cardiac stress test, and get their sexual partner to sign a notarized affidavit confirming impotency in order to get a prescription for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs. The bill also requires men who take the drugs to be continually “tested for heart problems, receive counseling about possible side effects and receive information about “pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.”
I want to see how many who are for the SB5 bill react to the SB307 Bill hahah