Attack on reproductive rights continues

Texas Legislature
HB 2997 Passed Out of Committee
This bill by Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) passed out of the House Public Health Committee on Wednesday, April 27 by a vote of 6-1. North Texas Reps. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Parker), Jim Jackson (R-Carrollton), Vicki Truitt (R-Keller), and Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) voted for the bill.

HB 2997 would:

  • Require doctors to report to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) complications in patients that they believe are the result of an abortion.
  • Require doctors to report personal details to DSHS on women who have had an abortion.
  • Require the state to publicize the outcome of judicial bypass cases by each county.

Three Anti-choice Bills Passed by House State Affairs Committee

HB 1212 – Parental Consent for Abortion
This bill would require parental consent before a minor could have an abortion, would make it harder for minor who didn’t have parental support to obtain a judicial bypass, and would also require the state to collect and make public statistical data regarding the number of judicial bypasses granted or denied.

Passed by the committee on April 25. The vote was not recorded, therefore we do not know how North Texas Representatives on the committee voted.

HB 702 – Unnecessary Abortion Reporting Requirements
This bill would require doctors to report to DSHS complications from an “elective termination or attempted termination of pregnancy” (but not abortions performed to save a woman’s life or her health). Doctors are not currently required to report complications from any surgical procedure to DSHS. Passage of this bill would single out elective abortion procedures-and only elective abortion procedures-for reporting. If it is important to catalogue complications from surgical procedures, why not require doctors to report complications from ALL surgical procedures?

Passed by the committee on April 21 by a vote of 5-3. North Texas Reps. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana), Jim Keffer (R-Eastland), and Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) voted for the bill.

HB 1469 – Provision of Information for Abortion Patients
The “Women’s Right to Know Act” (passed in 2003) requires the doctor who is to perform an abortion give a woman state-mandated information 24 hours before her procedure. Currently this routine information is recorded by the doctor and provided to women over the phone. HB 1469 would require that the information be given by the doctor in person or in person over-the-phone. There is no medical reason for such a requirement and it will only result in increased costs for the procedure.

Passed by the committee on April 21 by a vote of 6-2. North Texas Reps. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana), Jim Keffer (R-Eastland), and Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) voted for the bill.

All three bills must now be voted on by the full House.

U.S. Congress
On Wednesday night, April 27 the House of Representatives passed the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (HR 748) by a vote of 270-157. CIANA would allow federal charges to be filed against any individual (including a grandmother, aunt, or older sibling) who “transports” a minor across state lines to have an abortion without parental involvement. Violators of the act could face fines of up to $100,000 or up to one year in prison.

The bill also requires abortion providers in states without parental consent or notification laws to notify a minor’s parent if the minor is from a state that has a consent or notification law. The bill includes 3 exceptions for this requirement:

  • If the teen has proof of a judicial bypass
  • If the teen’s life is in danger, or
  • If she signs a statement saying she is a victim of neglect or physical or sexual abuse by a parent. However, the doctor would have to notify authorities in her home state about the abuse before he or she performs the abortion.

An amendment was offered by Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA) that would have clarified that CIANA’s transportation provision does not apply to taxicab drivers, bus drivers, others in the business of professional transport, doctors, nurses, and/or other medical providers or their staff. The Scott amendment was defeated by a vote of 245 to 179.

A second amendment was offered by Reps. Shelia Jackson-Lee (D-TX) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) that would have exempted a teen’s grandparents or members of the clergy from civil or criminal liability under this bill if they accompanied her across state lines to obtain an abortion. The Jackson-Lee/Nadler amendment was defeated by a vote of 252 to 177.

Rant Mode = 11

Well, I guess women having autonomy about their own medical procedures was nice for that 30 years until the real feminists started dying off. Too bad our kids won’t be able to get birth control or abortions. Guess the right wing needs a new slave class…and who better to breed them than children having children, eh? You know what’s fun? The rates of infant and maternal mortality in countries that don’t have rational access to birth control and termination. In the US, one out of every 2500 women die in labor. In countries where women’s health isn’t valued, where women don’t have access to birth control and have no choice about childbearing, maternal deaths are closer to 1 in 20. So that’s nice. Infant mortality is about the same.

You know what else is fun? A bunch of men who voted to make Medicare pay for Viagra, have voted over and over and over again to not let medicare pay for birth control or abortions. Every sperm is sacred…but women…they’re just baby bags. So, a few million woman die…but who cares about them? So, a few MORE million children will be starving, homeless, beaten, unwanted and abandoned…but that’s ok…because it’s all in the name of “Christian Caring About the Family”. So that’s nice. I wonder if this new generation will be able to eat platitudes. Because that’s the only thing the right wing is offering.

Notice these new laws don’t have any funding for prenatal care, for childcare, not social net for providing for these teenage mothers….but the right doesn’t care what happens after kids are born…they only care about what happens in some poor woman’s womb. And yes, poor. These laws won’t impact rich people any more than the probitions before the 70’s stopped anyone from flying to England, or Scandanavia.

This is an egregious attack on women. It’s a slap for daring to leave the house not barefoot and pregnant. How dare we try to participate as equals with men. This is a giant testosterone fueled FUCK YOU to the estrogen half of the country.

You know what? If you don’t like abortions…then by gods, don’t have one. Don’t like birth control? Fine, don’t use it. But don’t try legislate what I can do with my uterus. Keep your god out of my womb.

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