Abortions and Angry Time with Google

Uh oh…she hardly ever blogs anymore and when she does it’s always while standing on a soapbox. She’s not a blogger; she’s an angry elf.

Oh…I’m angry.

If you’re not abreast (pun intended, as we are talking about women’s issues) of the debate going on in Texas, let me first ask “WHAT the WHAHHH???”

And then let me summarize…

texasBasically, during a special legislative session called by Texas Governor Rick Perry (I’m a huge fan </sarcasmfont>), redistricting and abortion were added to the agenda (other topics, too, but I won’t bore you with all of them). During this special session, while multiple bills were filed, it is Senate Bill 5 (SB5), by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy, TX), that is making the headlines. SB5, in a nutshell, would make abortion illegal after 20 weeks, while also establishing new requirements and regulations for those facilities that perform abortions. More specifically, it would force the closure of 37 of 42 clinics, which currently offer abortion services in Texas. That leaves five (FIVE) clinics in the entire state of Texas.


A friend of mine had her 11-year-old daughter call me one day because they were driving through the East Coast, and she was complaining about all the time they were spending in the car.

“How long have you been in the car?” I asked.

“7 hours,” she replied.

“How many states have you driven through?”

She listed three.

“For reference, if I got in my car right now and headed north for seven hours, I might not even make it across the Texas state line.”

She responded, “Well, that’s unfortunate.”


Basically, it’s a big state. So, FIVE clinics that would provide this service would be like only one food truck vendor at San Antonio’s NIOSA.

You can read more about SB5 and the surrounding controversy here. Or here. Or here.

Look, I could now write a research paper on all the statistics I found on abortion, (like these) but I don’t want to lose focus on why I’m angry.

*Disclaimer: I got some of these stats from the Guttmacher Institute, which we all know to be an evil arm of that horrific Planned Parenthood organization.

But I do want to address some statistics that this bill addresses:

  1. Fewer than 0.5% of women obtaining abortions experience a complication, and the risk of death associated with abortion is about one-tenth that associated with childbirth. (For more information, click here.)
  2. 98.5% of abortions occur in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. (For more information, click here. Or here.)

These are actual facts. I know facts can be difficult to understand. Hell, we have elected officials who claim that rape kits – you know, the things that collect DNA for authorities – can actually “clean you out,” meaning there is no need to worry about getting an abortion ‘cause you can’t get pregnant. No…seriously…that happened.

We are creating legislation to make it nearly impossible to get an abortion due to the less than 2% of abortions that happen in the time frame that is most troubling to Republicans and the less than 1% of complications arising from the procedure.

This is when I start having heart palpitations.

Remember the gun debate? You know, every time a mass shooting takes place, one side of the aisle screams, “WHEN ARE WE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT GUN CONTROL?” While the other side screams, “YOU CAN PRY MY GUN OUT OF MY COLD, DEAD HAND.”

Then, the conversation becomes one that discusses the statistics.

“Tobacco use kills more people per year than firearm homicides.” Or “according to the FBI, the #1 weapon used in violent crimes is a baseball bat.”

So, Republicans refuse to entertain a debate on exercising more control on the nearly 27,000 gun homicides that happened between 2009 and 2011, but want to restrict legislation due to the estimated 18,000 of 20 or more week abortions that happened between 2009-2011.

Now, I’m not silly enough to think that I’m comparing apples to apples on this. (And, quite frankly, I suck at math, so all those numbers could be wrong.) What I’m trying to show is that the 20-week abortion clause is a shiny object designed to make you think that Republicans are concerned about fetuses. Moreover, the more stringent restrictions on clinics clause is a shiny object designed to make you think that Republicans are concerned about the well-being of women during the procedure. But they are simply shiny objects.

Because this bill is solely designed to make abortions next to impossible to get in the state of Texas.

Do not be fooled by propaganda.

Do not be conned into thinking that this is about human life.

This is a religious and partisan argument that ultimately makes women’s lives harder.

So, hell yeah, I’m angry.

You want to restrict abortions? Say so. Stand in front of the people you represent and say, “I think abortion is wrong, and I don’t want anyone to get one.”

Allow your constituents to make their decisions based on clear information.

Don’t purport to care about women’s well-being.

If you did, you’d start talking to young women AND young men about contraception rather than just abstinence only.

If you did, you’d start talking about preventative healthcare and family planning.

If you did, you’d refrain from adding additional restrictions to social programs.

Let’s call this what this really is – an opportunity for Texas to summarily end abortions in its state.

So, you do not fool me. You just make me angry.


3 thoughts on “Abortions and Angry Time with Google

  1. “You want to restrict abortions? Say so…. ‘I think abortion is wrong, and I don’t want anyone to get one.’”

    I think that more often than not abortion is morally wrong. However I am willing to compromise to some degree. Allow abortions early on (what constitutes “early on” will always be arbitrary and that is just the way it is). Make it more difficult later on and only for clearly stated, and medically demonstrated reasons. Put doctors in jeopardy of losing their license and going to jail if they do not follow the law, or simply sign forms without justification backed by diagnosis and data that can be checked by others.

    Finally, in late term abortions when the only thing between calling an entity a “fetus” or a “baby” is whether it has exited the mother, make it damned hard to do and make the doctors seriously accountable for an objective diagnosis that proves the need to save the mother’s life.

    We don’t need any more Kermits (the doctor, think I spelled his name right, who was on trial recently for murder, and justifiably so).

    We probably don’t agree on abortion. But we have to live with each other and both sides will use whatever political power it can get. I would suggest to you that your side is going to lose this debate a lot worse than you expect unless you are willing to come to some compromise. Any compromise will be somewhat arbitrary, but that is just the way it is.

    Whatever the details make it relatively easy/early, and difficult/late. Make doctors justify their diagnosis and be liable for it (as they are often liable in many malpractice suits).

    Otherwise, my side will most like win, like we are doing now, in Texas. If we get the political power then it will be a lot more restrictive unless your side comes to table ready to compromise. You may not like that diagnosis. I really don’t care. Most late term, partial birth abortionists, and their ilk are murderers.


  2. I agree that the Republican lawmakers are hiding behind the 20 week thing to close clinics. I also agree that if what you ultimately want to do is close clinics, own that shit. Quit hiding behind statistics & quasi-morality, step up and own it. I also think that if this is something that people feel strongly enough about, make it a referendum. Put it to a vote & let the citizens of the great state of Texas decide. Don’t vote on the 20 week thing, vote on 42 clinics or 5 because that’s what this ultimately coming down to.

    • “Quit hiding behind statistics & quasi-morality, step up and own it.”

      If wanting to protect the lives of unborn babies is “quasi-morality” what kind of morality is it to ignore the whole sordid industry of killing late term babies like the Dr. Kermit Gosnell was doing before being convicted of murder recently?

      Maybe you ought to take a look at the kind of “morality” that thinks that is ok.

      I agree with you though on one thing. Put it to vote by the people of Texas and I bet it is a no-brainer who would win.


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