Top 5 Bonehead Quotes of 2013: Texas Reproductive Rights Edition
It was a dismal year for women’s health in Texas— the state legislature passed a sweeping package of some of the most restrictive reproductive health laws in the country, including a ban on abortion at 20 weeks, regulations on abortion medication and rules that creates hurdles for abortion physicians and clinics. While an ongoing court challenge waged by health advocates hopes to block part of the law, it couldn’t be stopped in the interim and went into effect in November. Abortion clinics and patients are already feeling the law’s painful impact.
With little to no scientific evidence to back up their claims, bill authors adamantly defended the restrictions as a way to improve women’s safety during the controversial debate at the Capitol this summer. The same legislators simultaneously vocalized their vehement anti-abortion stance, bringing into question their true intentions.
We rounded up some of the most jaw-dropping statements from the mouths of your elected officials who, either authored, sponsored or supported the latest Texas abortion law— don’t be surprised if they have you asking how the @#$! are these the people in charge of legislating women’s health?
5. “We talked about the choice, you ask us, well don’t we put ourselves in the place of the woman and her choice, what choice does the baby have? Who speaks for the baby? Do you think if the mother had a conversation with the baby and said, ‘you know, this just isn’t really convenient to give birth to you right now, do you mind dying?’ – State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) on the Senate floor lobbying for the Texas abortion law (Dan Patrick Has God on His Side, According to Dan Patrick, Texas Observer, July 16, 2013)
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