Governor Rick Perry called a special session to talk about redistricting. Most political observers predicted that the special session would soon turn into a huge fight over abortion. Guess what, they were right. Perry, on Tuesday, added legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities to the special session call. They also added consideration of mandatory life sentences for 17 year old capital offenders.
In a Tuesday press release Perry was perfectly clear which of the issues he is most concerned with, writing in part; The horrors of the National Late Term Abortion industry are continuing to come to light, one atrocity at a time. Sadly, some of those atrocities happen in our own state. In Texas, we all value life and we worked to cultivate a culture that supports the birth of every child. We have an obligation to protect unborn children and to hold those who peddle those abortions to standards that would minimize the death, disease and pain they cause.
The anti-abortion bills on the table are extensive. One bill would require every clinic that provides abortions or even prescribes the abortion pill, to conform to the standards of an ambulatory surgical center. Another Bill would drastically limit access to medical abortions by forcing the woman to have a sonogram before hand. They would have to take both pills in front of a doctor and see their physician for a follow up in 2 weeks. They are medically unnecessary and designed to make medical abortions harder to get. Perry is bullush on the bill that bans abortions at 20 weeks.
The last session before the special session was marked largely by the fact that no one on either side wanted to fight about abortion. All of these bills were killed in committee or petered out on the House and Senate floors. By temporarily changing the legislative rules of procedure the bills have a much better chance of passing. The Lt. Governor plans to suspend Senate procedural rules that give Democrats a strong voice in legislative debates.
Sadly this is going on in all states governed by Republicans. Anywhere they have the majority they are pushing nullification and amping up the Anti-Abortion fight. Democrats seem powerless to stop them, even though they have the U.S. Constitution on their side. That is the one arguement that can end this insanity. According to the Constitution Federal law is the law of the land and nullification is illegal. President Obama is attempting to dissuade these lunatics, but they hate him and can’t see reason.