{Update} SB5 Fails to Pass. #Standwithwendy.

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on Jun 25, 2013
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Update: SB5 has been defeated.

“If you’re preborn, you’re fine. If you’re preschool, you’re f**ked.” ~ George Carlin

“Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren’t they? They’re all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re preborn, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re fucked. Conservatives don’t give a shit about you until you reach ‘military age’. Then they think you are just fine. Just what they’ve been looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers.” ~ George Carlin

For more on this question, here. Also, this.

From earlier:

http://i.imgur.com/kJ4DsGc.jpgWendy Davis: hero.

Texas state senator Wendy Davis (D – Fort Worth) will be speaking until midnight to block the passage of a bill that would effectively force most abortion clinics in Texas to close. Let’s get her some support! (video)”

“I would like to remind everyone that Rick Perry fought to give rapists visitation rights to see their rape babies and by extension their rape victims.”

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is filibustering controversial legislation that would dramatically restrict access to abortions in Texas. Abortion opponents argue the measure would improve women’s safety, while reproductive rights advocates argue it would effectively cut off legal access to abortion in the state and endanger women’s health. For additional coverage on this topic, visit http://www.texastribune.org/.


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4 Responses to “{Update} SB5 Fails to Pass. #Standwithwendy.”

  1. kmacku says:

    (note timestamp for this comment)

    For those who are watching the live stream, the number one question I keep seeing is: "Why is my audio feed silent?"

    They're in a side-debate, which we're not privy to hear. Only the main debate goes through the microphones, which is where we get our feed from.

    The number two question is who's the kinda creepy woman in white who doesn't ever talk into a microphone who stands off to the side of the chair on the podium.

    She's a parliamentarian; in short, a referee. While the chair mediates the debate, how he mediates the debate is subject to rules. The parliamentarian is the expert on Robert's Rules and whatever special rules each individual governing/meeting body happens to have, and they're used in big cases such as this.

  2. chang says:

    how does one practice ahimsa and simultaneously be pro-abortion?

  3. I would argue that very, very few pro-choice people are "pro-abortion." This idea of being pro-abortion or using abortion as birth control applies to a very small minority.

    On the subject of ahimsa, however, for humans to practice ahimsa, we must always weigh our best choice, and make the choice that does the least harm. We cannot live on this planet and do no harm; we can only make the least harmful choice we can with the information we have available to us.

    Given that, let's look at the harm it does for an entire state (or by extension, a nation) to deny women control over their reproductive rights. Proponents of this bill focus in on the one issue that implies the greatest harm: late term abortion. I personally cannot think of any situation where I would make that choice, and that is my dharma, my choice with the information I have based on my experiences.

    However, SB5 is about far more than late term abortion; it would effectively eliminate all but a handful of clinics in Texas that provide not only abortion, but birth control, prenatal care, education on and treatment for STIs, and general reproductive health care. To take this away from the women of Texas would cause great harm. For the 88% of women seeking abortion in their first trimester, it would cause great harm and health risk if they were forced to seek out Mexican clinics as an option.

    Is the choice to eliminate reproductive rights and care for the women of Texas a choice made with the intention of ahimsa? No, not in my book.

    Many proponents of ahimsa like to trumpet its virtues when we are talking about being vegan or abortion or any other hot button issue. If ahmisa is non-harming—true non-harming with our choices—we can't be dogmatic about any one way of choosing and pretend that it does no harm. We must wisely weigh each situation and make the choice that does the least harm—to everyone involved.

    Edited to add: On a final note, the majority of those who self-identify as "pro-life" are also intensely "pro-death penalty." For the life of me, I've never been able to understand the ahimsa (or the logic) in that one.

  4. Linda V. Lewis says:

    Carlin is brilliantly funny!