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Diatribe: Women Of Texas, Your Silence Equals Consent And Agreement.

10/03/2014

Texas Abortion LawYesterday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the State of Texas permission to fully enforce a sweeping abortion law signed by Republican Governor Rick Perry last year that effectively closes all but seven of the remaining twenty-one abortion clinics in Texas beginning this morning.  The court decided that the law’s requirement for abortions to take place in expensive surgical centers did not impose an “undue burden” on women seeking abortions, even though these centers are only found in major cities.

Two years ago, Texas, the nation’s second-most populous state, had more than forty abortion facilities.  This morning there are only seven facilities that meet all of the law’s requirements all of which are concentrated around the major cities of Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth.  Many clinics had already closed under a part of the law requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital admitting privileges.

Today’s change is estimated to leave as many as 750,000 women of reproductive age, many in the Rio Grande Valley, as far as 300 miles away from the nearest abortion facility.  Surely, this could result in unwanted and unplanned children who may become a burden on the state’s economy.

A spokesman for state Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor, called the decision a “vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women.”

WHAT?!

I will never understand why so many people who don’t have a uterus think they get to make all the rules for the people who do have a uterus.

“Today’s ruling has gutted Texas women’s constitutional rights and access to critical reproductive health care and stands to make safe, legal abortion essentially disappear overnight.” – Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

I absolutely believe that state governments should regulate and closely monitor medical facilities and those who practice medicine within their borders regardless of the procedures that are performed.  I do not believe that politicians are qualified to make medical decisions and I am disgusted by the fact that twenty-first-century men think they know what’s best for their “womenfolk”.

Your Body Your RulesFurthermore, I think it’s preposterous that the women of Texas have allowed this to happen.  Are they living in a different time?  Are they sincerely frightened of the men?  Do they truly believe they are the weaker sex?  Have they been brainwashed into believing that the men know better?

Healthcare decisions are very personal decisions that should be carefully made under the advice of our physicians, after much reflection, conversations with loved ones and, if so inclined prayer and meditation.  Extremely emotional, and potentially morally exhausting healthcare decisions that affect one’s entire family and remain in one’s heart for a lifetime should certainly not be exacerbated by the inclusion older white career politician men.

It is my sincere hope that every woman in the state of Texas take her uterus to the polls this November to vote against each incumbent on the ballot.  Women of Texas, your silence equals consent and agreement.

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One Comment
  1. Hear, hear. I agree. I did see some good news regarding the use of contraception in a pilot to get more sex education and contraceptives to teen girls. The data shows what you might surmise. Teenage pregnancy dramatically reduced as did abortions. Plus, although not stated, my reading and experience helping those in poverty notes there is a high correlation between family size and poverty. So, if we can reduce the number of unwanted babies through sex education and contraception, it is a win-win. My suggestions for Texas in addition to voting, two other things occur:

    – make condoms widely available, as well as teaching sex education
    – promote Obamacare, especially since Texas has more uninsureds than any other state (Ted Cruz failed to mention that in his fillerbuster last fall) and promote Medicaid expansion.

    Great post. BTG

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