The Texas Republican Convention recently endorsed in its platform so-called “gay reparative therapy,” widely considered to be junk science by the medical community. While speaking in San Francisco last night, Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, is doubling down on statements that being gay is a “lifestyle choice” and compared being actively gay to being an alcoholic.
It’s not the most batshit crazy comparison to make, actually, but it is predicated on the batshit crazy belief that homosexuality is something a person should just, like, suppress. Keep reading »
Today In “I Can’t Believe I’m From Texas”: Not only did Rick Perry just sign the bill that will close the majority of abortion clinics throughout Texas, but legislators are now trying to get all abortions banned after six weeks. Yep, you heard me. SIX WEEKS! Keep reading »
This morning, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed devastating anti-abortion bill HB2 into law behind closed doors in an auditorium at the Texas State Capitol. As Perry and his cronies congratulated each other on passing a piece of legislation that will undoubtedly result in the deaths of some of their constituents, protesters camped outside the doors shouted “Shame!”, chanted “The blood of Texas women is on your hands!”, and sang “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Some protesters, like those pictured above, simply taped their mouths with duct tape and held signs in silent protest. Democratic superhero Wendy Davis, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and a multitude of Texas activists have vowed to continue fighting the law. [Houston Chronicle] [Photo via NARAL Pro-Choice Texas]
As Rick Perry was waxing poetic over his political future yesterday, he refused to rule out a 2016 run for the White House, calling it “certainly … an option out there.” Today, Texas’ longest-serving governor said he “will not seek re-election” in 2014, reports the AP, during a gathering of friends and supporters he called to discuss “exciting future plans.” Read more on Newser…
“In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of as single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”
– That’s Texas Governor Rick Perry, speaking at the National Right to Life Convention about state Senator Wendy Davis, who successfully filibustered Senate Bill 5 earlier this week, which would have greatly limited Texas women’s access to abortion. I guess it’s not enough to respond to a fair and square defeat by calling a bullshit special session to vote on the bill on July 1. The crux of his ridiculous argument is that Senator Davis should be pro-life because A) she was not aborted by her single mother, and B) she didn’t have an abortion when she got pregnant at 19. Like, hey Wendy, your mom didn’t abort you — not that she could have because Roe V. Wade didn’t pass until a decade later — so therefore you should join us in making it next-to impossible for any other woman to have an abortion ever! I mean, you even went to Harvard! (Mind you that Ivy League education does not mean that you should be trusted to make decisions about your own body.) How many potential Harvard grads are being aborted every day? The tragedy. For fuck’s sake. Keep reading »
Oh hell no. Texas Governor Rick Perry has said the state legislature will hold a special session on July 1, saying that “too much important work remains undone,” referring of course to the complete dismantling of women’s reproductive rights in the state. Yesterday, Texas state Senator Wendy Davis filibustered for an astounding 13 hours, preventing the legislature from voting on Senate Bill 5 before the end of the session at midnight. About 10 minutes before midnight, the Republicans tried to take it to a vote, but were drowned out by the chants and cheers of pro-choice activists in the gallery, making it impossible for the vote to be legally recorded. For Gov. Perry to call a special session, even though SB5 was defeated fair and square, is despicable. ”We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do,” Perry pontificated. The women of Texas were too busy defending their rights to behave themselves, Governor. And the only thing that’s indecent is how many women’s lives SB5 would put at risk. This isn’t over. [The Daily Beast]
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has always been against a woman’s right to choose. As Texas governor, he has supported bills to restrict access to abortion and made public statements like “Every life lost to abortion is a tragedy.” However, Perry had believed abortion should remain legal in cases of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life is at risk.
Not for long: in the past week, Perry’s pro-life stance took a sharp — and deadly — turn to an even further extreme. And then, barely a day later, he backtracked on abortion yet again. Keep reading »