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July 8, 2013
Definitely wasn’t expecting to see a Harry Potter reference today. #sb1 #txlege #abortion

Definitely wasn’t expecting to see a Harry Potter reference today. #sb1 #txlege #abortion

9:31 // 9 months ago
Now, THIS is commitment. Can’t imagine it’s very comfortable. #sb1 #txlege #abortion

Now, THIS is commitment. Can’t imagine it’s very comfortable. #sb1 #txlege #abortion

9:15 // 9 months ago
And here’s the first incendiary sign of the day. #sb1 #txlege #abortion

And here’s the first incendiary sign of the day. #sb1 #txlege #abortion

8:32 // 9 months ago
July 5, 2013
Pre-abortion ultrasounds are now mandatory in Wisconsin: Continuing the current Republican trend—one might say “strategy”—of pushing draconian anti-abortion legislation when they think no one’s looking, Governor Scott Walker today signed a bill requiring all women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound before the operation. He did so during the July 4th weekend, without a public signing, and announced it in a press release—titled “Governor Scott Walker Signs Several Bills Into Law"—buried on his website (it’s there, but is conspicuously omitted from the “Latest News” section on the home page). The new law—which exempts pregnancies from rape and incest from the ultrasound requirement—also requires doctors to show the women images of their fetus’s organs, and enacts new requirements on facilities that will require two clinics to close. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has already filed a lawsuit against the law, and is seeking a restraining order to block it from taking effect (Photo credit: AP). source

Pre-abortion ultrasounds are now mandatory in Wisconsin: Continuing the current Republican trend—one might say “strategy”—of pushing draconian anti-abortion legislation when they think no one’s looking, Governor Scott Walker today signed a bill requiring all women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound before the operation. He did so during the July 4th weekend, without a public signing, and announced it in a press release—titled “Governor Scott Walker Signs Several Bills Into Law"—buried on his website (it’s there, but is conspicuously omitted from the “Latest News” section on the home page). The new law—which exempts pregnancies from rape and incest from the ultrasound requirement—also requires doctors to show the women images of their fetus’s organs, and enacts new requirements on facilities that will require two clinics to close. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has already filed a lawsuit against the law, and is seeking a restraining order to block it from taking effect (Photo credit: AP). source

16:44 // 9 months ago
July 3, 2013
Rubio Takes a Right: Senator Marco Rubio has began efforts to enshrine Texas’s draconian anti-abortion bill into national law, agreeing to become a lead sponsor of a Senate bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. There is a zero percent chance that this bill, with his sponsorship, won’t attract huge national attention; it seems like an obvious attempt on Rubio’s part to re-ingratiate himself with conservatives, who turned on him pretty quickly once he started pushing for immigration reform. There’s also little chance of the bill becoming law until Republicans recapture the Senate and the White House. (Photo credit: Getty images) source

Rubio Takes a Right: Senator Marco Rubio has began efforts to enshrine Texas’s draconian anti-abortion bill into national law, agreeing to become a lead sponsor of a Senate bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. There is a zero percent chance that this bill, with his sponsorship, won’t attract huge national attention; it seems like an obvious attempt on Rubio’s part to re-ingratiate himself with conservatives, who turned on him pretty quickly once he started pushing for immigration reform. There’s also little chance of the bill becoming law until Republicans recapture the Senate and the White House. (Photo credit: Getty images) source

16:51 // 9 months ago
July 2, 2013
So far, protests at the Texas capitol aren’t exactly getting crazy.
Editor’s note: Our very own SFB writer Seth Millstein is on the scene in Texas this morning; he’ll be sending along photo updates throughout the day. — Ernie @ SFB

So far, protests at the Texas capitol aren’t exactly getting crazy.

Editor’s note: Our very own SFB writer Seth Millstein is on the scene in Texas this morning; he’ll be sending along photo updates throughout the day. — Ernie @ SFB

15:21 // 9 months ago
June 26, 2013
"We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do." After a draconian anti-abortion bill succumbed to a filibuster late last night, Slick Rick Perry is calling another special legislative session in Texas. In announcing the session, which will begin July 1st, the Governor repeatedly named “protecting women” as one of the session’s goals, even though the bill would make it more difficult for women to obtain medically-necessary abortions. (Image credit: Getty) source

"We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do." After a draconian anti-abortion bill succumbed to a filibuster late last night, Slick Rick Perry is calling another special legislative session in Texas. In announcing the session, which will begin July 1st, the Governor repeatedly named “protecting women” as one of the session’s goals, even though the bill would make it more difficult for women to obtain medically-necessary abortions. (Image credit: Getty) source

20:47 // 9 months ago
14:38 // 9 months ago
And CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked, ‘All that energy to avoid the vote. Why not spend the time trying to compromise and figure out the bill in the first place?’ Yeah, what a waste of time. Wendy, examine your priorities.
HyperVocal’s Slade Sohmer calls out cable news for ignoring, and worse, misrepresenting the situation in Texas last night. The piece really nails everything that’s wrong with cable news these days.
12:00 // 9 months ago
An unruly mob, using Occupy Wall Street tactics, disrupted the Senate from protecting unborn babies.
Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, pronouncing Texas Senate Bill 5 dead. source
4:34 // 9 months ago