Texas Senate Bill 5: Abortion Not Popular In Texas
Posted by cann0nba11 on June 26, 2013
I’m seeing lots of angst on the left over the failed filibuster of Texas Senator Wendy Davis (District 10). She did her best to prevent Texas Senate Bill 5 from passing, but came up a couple of hours short. That’s how the process works, both parties are fond of the filibuster when they are in the minority. Imagine that, pro-life laws are popular in Texas.
I’m struggling to see what the problem is with this bill. My motto is “emotion is the enemy of critical thought,” and often you can find emotions clouding reason when hot button topics like abortion, or voter ID, or immigration reform are discussed. As evidence, consider the childish act of Houston Democrat Senfronia Thompson hanging a wire coat hanger on the microphone while voicing her opposition to the bill earlier today. When you can’t win on facts, act like a fool to get attention.
I read the SB5 bill this evening, give it a shot yourself, it’s not very long. If you want the Reader’s Digest version, allow me.
The main point of the bill is to ban abortion after 20 weeks when there is medical evidence that the unborn can feel pain. The bill does not make abortion illegal, it makes abortion illegal after 20 weeks. In my opinion, you should know within five months whether or not you want to have an abortion. At five months a fetus can make facial expressions, it can hear the mother’s heartbeat and voice. The fetus has regular sleep/wake periods, and at five months parents can go to their doctor to get an ultrasound and determine what color to paint the nursery. But for folks like Sandra Fluke, abortion is just a more complex form of birth control than tax-payer funded contraception or condoms. To their ilk, a baby is an inconvenience. I wish every woman that thought this way could speak with one of the many women out there unable to get pregnant.
A recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows that 46% of Texans think abortion should either be illegal or only legal in the cases of rape, incest or when there is danger to the life of the mother. Thirteen percent approve if need is clearly established (but the study does not define “need”). Furthermore, banning abortion after 20 weeks — one of the provisions of SB5 — has the support of over 62 percent of Texas residents. Remember, this is a Texas law.
Here is my own summary of the sections of this bill. I’m not a lawyer, nor did I stay in a Holiday Inn Express. I defer to my lawyer friends for corrections.
- Section 1: Provides for safety by requiring that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles; provides the patient with contact information for the physician and staff for post procedure follow up needs; and provides contact information for a hospital near the patients home just in case problems arise and she requires immediate medical attention. My take: this is all about making sure that the physician is legit, it helps to ensure that patients are safe, not victims (see Kermit Gosnell).
- Section 2: Modifies an existing Health and Safety Code by defining Abortion inducing drugs, how they can be administered, requires that doctors administer them, and requires that physicians follow up with their patients within 14 days. My take: This is about drug safety, patient awareness and patient safety.
- Section 3: Amends the section of the Texas Health and Safety Code about minimum medical standards to require that abortion facilities meet the same medical and safety standards of other medical facilities. Abortions are serious and still legal, therefore they should be performed under safe conditions that meet proper medical standards. My take: This is about patient protection.
- Section 4: Repeals a Health and Safety code section 245.010 that Section 3 defines.
- Sections 5 and 6: Legal mumbo jumbo about how other laws can/cannot affect this particular bill.
- Section 7: Makes current facilities not in compliance with health standards of other medical facilities have to be compliant by 1/1/14.
- Section 8: Makes the law effective immediately if a 2/3 vote is achieved, or in 90 days if not.
That’s it. It should be noted that there are 42 abortion clinics in Texas, and only five meet current standards for ambulatory surgery centers. That means 37 clinics may be sub-par or lack safety and cleanliness features that one should expect from a place where surgery is performed. In Texas today women travel an average of 43 miles to get an abortion. People up north may consider that a long drive, but in Texas we call that a daily commute. The press is already reporting that “37 of 42 clinics will be forced to shut down.” Really? You’re telling me that they can’t update their facilities to meet proper medical safety standards? They can’t relocate if needed to be closer to hospitals? Do they care so little about their patients that they would rather close up shop than do the work needed to remain in business? Could it be that they are more interested in making money and that all of this angst is, dare I say, faux? Could they actually be capitalists at heart chasing after profit? Oh, that is some rich irony right there folks.
So why all the angst? This bill is meant to protect women and their unborn children. It does not make abortions illegal, and if it takes you five months to figure out that you want an abortion, you have some serious issues.
It is sad that the left only seems to care about life when it involves cute fuzzy animals or obscure insects on land where liberals want to prevent construction. Killing your child is ok, but don’t you dare eat that chicken sandwich! Do you have any idea how much those chickens suffer? If liberals cared about life, perhaps they would express outrage that while blacks make up about 12% of our population they account for 35% of all abortions (according to the CDC). You could say that the least safe place for a black baby is in the womb. Harsh, but true.
Consider these words from a minister fond of racial justice;
In other words, the net effect of putting abortion clinics in the urban centers is that the abortion of Hispanic and Black babies is more than double their percentage of the population. Every day 1,300 black babies are killed in America. Seven hundred Hispanic babies die every day from abortion. Call this what you will—when the slaughter has an ethnic face and the percentages are double that of the white community and the killers are almost all white, something is going on here that ought to make the lovers of racial equality and racial harmony wake up.
Tell me again how SB 5 is a threat to women? Look at the numbers. Also consider the irony that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a racist who worked with Nazis and others who wanted to purify the human race and wanted to sterilize those she deemed unfit for our society. Today Planned Parenthood is defended by scores of emotional folks claiming to represent women’s rights while ignoring the thousands of babies killed every year. They are unwilling to look at the facts or even admit that Planned Parenthood is primarily in the business of abortions.
SB 5 passed one step, and barring unforeseen surprises should be signed into law this month. There will be screaming and cries of a war on women, but they will ring hollow to anyone willing to think clearly about the subject. Besides, this is a Texas law. If you don’t like it you are free to move somewhere else where the laws suit your fancy.
Note: While researching this post I found this informative and better written write up on the bill than my own little blurb here. The author does an excellent job of pointing out liberal tactics and media bias.