I know people are up in arms about the situation in Texas, so I thought I’d remind y’all that the following restrictions on abortion are in effect in Arkansas (as of May 1, 2013):
- A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait until the next day before the procedure is provided.
- The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest.
- An abortion may be performed at or after 20 weeks post-fertilization (22 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period) only if the woman’s life is endangered, rape, incest or if her physical health is severely compromised, based on the spurious assertion that a fetus can feel pain at that point.
Don’t forget the battles over reproductive rights in other states so far this year.
so in case you didn’t know, abortion is illegal in ireland. there’s this horrible pro-life group called Youth Defence whose ad campaigns are unbelievably insensitive (and cite incorrect facts) and this was their latest shock tactic.
they parked their van in front of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.
let me say that again
THEY PARKED THEIR VAN IN FRONT OF THE DUBLIN RAPE CRISIS CENTRE.
when confronted about it, they tweeted this:
they also deleted their first tweet (“Our driver was stuck in traffic, we wern’t parked there, more lies from pro-aborts. #loveforall”)
I FEEL PHYSICALLY SICK. you evil fucking human beings.
outside a RAPE CRISIS CENTRE.
(image source: broadsheet.ie via bob coogan)
Can we please make people aware of this? Ireland and northern Ireland needs support from all you babes!!!
not just america having these problems
yeah, wow. there is so much traffic there.
“I do not give up the floor.”
Texas State Senator Wendy Davis
Her response when asked if she would yield the floor to another Senator for a question about 3 hours in to her 11 hour filibuster of Texas’ anti-abortion bills.
Senator Wendy Davis will be filibustering SB5, a bill that if passed could shut down almost all of the abortion clinics operating in Texas. The special session ends at midnight Tuesday which means Davis could kill the legislation by talking nonstop for thirteen hours.
We’re counting on you!
Jason Rapert's Abortion Bill is Now Law
The Arkansas House has completed a veto override that gives the state the toughest anti-abortion law in the country.
Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe had vetoed a banon most abortions beginning in the 12th week of pregnancy. The GOP-dominated House voted 56-33 on Wednesday to override.The Senate overrode it Tuesday.
Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.
The 12-week ban won’t take effect until this summer. Last week, the Legislature overrode Beebe’s veto of a ban on most abortions starting in the 20th week of pregnancy. That law took effect immediately.
Abortion rights proponents have already said they’ll sue to block the 12-week ban from taking effect. Beebe says the courts are likely to overturn both bans and that the state will waste money defending them.
This is unconscionable, unconstitutional, and completely devastating. I had terrible suspicions it was going to happen, but I really hoped it wouldn’t. This is a dark day in Arkansas.
I am grieving.
I am grieving for the women who will be lost to self-induced abortions.
I am grieving for the women who will endure grueling questions about their last menstrual cycle in order to determine they are not more than 12 weeks along.
I am grieving for the women who will be forced to carry their rapists’ children because they were too terrified to report.
I am grieving for the resulting children who will never feel wanted.
I am grieving for the doctors who will have their medical licenses revoked if they continue performing abortions after 12 weeks.
I am grieving the money taxpayers will waste on litigation that could have been spent on improving education or any number of things.
I am grieving for the loss of any new progressive residents who were planning on moving to Arkansas, because who would ever willingly come into a state where you are stripped of your rights?
I am grieving and appalled.
SB134 has passed.
I decided this bill deserved its own update so I could include commentary from the representatives..
Rep. John Edwards spoke against the bill, beginning by saying, “I support the Constitution.” The rule of law is important, he said. Courts have ruled on the subject more than once, he said. This bill is unconstitutional. But he also said he had decided “to trust women on this issue and place my faith in the Constitution.”
I was watching this live and actually clapped when he said this.
Rep. Homer Lenderman, who voted for the Mayberry bill, said Arkansas Right to Life does not support the bill and doesn’t either, because it’s unconstitutional and would cost “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in legal fees.
Though upset Lenderman voted for the Mayberry bill, I was pleased he brought up that the bill is unconstitutional.
Rep. Bob Ballinger said Right to Life also did not oppose the bill and he said he and others would take defense of the case “pro bono.” He used the favorite argument anti-abortion argument that slavery was once allowed as was segregation.
How anyone thinks it is acceptable to compare abortion to slavery and segregation, I will never know.
The only bright spot in the discussion was Rep. Patti Julian. She said in response to Rep. Ballinger’s statements, “Those were bad laws because they took choices away from people and if we pass this bill it takes away choices from women in this state.”
But we all know how the vote turned out.
Bill passed 68-20, with two present. It goes to the governor, who’s said repeatedly that it’s unconstitutional. He’s unlikely to sign it. But, given the vote, will he veto it?
Click here to see how the votes divided (once they’re posted).
I am absolutely livid. I can’t believe both this bill and HB1037 passed. Beebe better veto these antiquated laws or he will destroy any semblance of reproductive rights remaining in the state.