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Wendy Davis Redefines ‘Pro-Life,’ Enrages Anti-Choicers

November 6, 2013 2:55 pm Category: Memo Pad, Memo Share, Politics 94 Comments A+ / A-
Wendy Davis Redefines ‘Pro-Life,’ Enrages Anti-Choicers

The right-wing blog world is erupting again at Wendy Davis.

The state senator first became the focus of conservatives’ burning scorn for her 11-hour filibuster of the bill that is responsible for abortion providers now going out of business across Texas.

Now that she’s declared she is running for governor of the Lone Star State, the Harvard Law-educated Davis has done it again.

“I am pro-life,” she told a University of Texas at Brownsville crowd on Tuesday. “I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”

“This isn’t about protecting abortion,” Davis explained in the same appearance. “It’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves and empowering them with the tools to do that.”

Well, opponents of abortion rights refuse to have their brand sullied by the woman Red State‘s Erick Erickson called “Abortion Barbie.”

“Newsflash, Sen. Davis,” wrote Townhall’s Christine Rousselle. “Being pro-life means respecting the lives of the unborn as well.”

PJ Tatler wrote, “Wendy Davis declaring ‘I am pro-life’ is simply a lie. There is no other way to describe it.”

Twitchy, the website that challenges the notion that the content of a post should make more sense than the comment section, collected several tweets that challenge the notion that anyone who believes women should be able to make their own reproductive choices could be “pro-life.”

Conservatives believe that title should be strictly given to anti-abortion rights politicians like Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), who has executed more prisoners than any modern American governor, breaking the record of another “pro-lifer” — George W. Bush.

But if Davis is intent on rebranding “pro-life” to actually caring for children once they are born, she could point out that abortion rates are higher in places where the procedure is illegal.

Wendy Davis is pro-life

Photo: Alan Kotok via Flickr

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  • Independent1

    “Abortion rates are higher where the procedure is illegal.”

    Part of that is because it’s also Red States which ban abortions that fight to prevent or restrict women from obtaining contraceptives that would prevent pregnancies in the first place. Or providing sex education in schools in a way that encourages safer sex that doesn’t result in pregancies. Or these states often focus instead on the notion that “abstinence will cut down pregnancies”; when experience has proven that to be misguided.

    And what’s even worse, it’s often the states that are most anti-Abortion, are the ones that cut health benefits for women living below the poverty level, such that they lead the nation in infant mortality – babies dying or dead at birth, or that die before their 1st birthday (11 of the 12 states that have the highest infant mortality rates are Red States).

    It’s Red States that also totally ignore the fact that making abortions illegal and closing abortion clinics WILL NOT REDUCE ABORTIONS!! It will only increase the death rate of women who are forced to seek abortions from quacks and inexperienced abortionists. As was the case before Roe vs Wade. And while harping about abortion while neglecting the healthcare of women who they force to carry babies to term that may not be want, is as hypocritical as it gets!!

    • sigrid28

      Women in Texas will have a tough go of it dislodging far right misogynists who are endangering the lives of mothers and childrens throughout the state, but this is a good start: a woman taking the definition of pro-life out of their hands.

      • tommympt

        The definition should have included those that are actually people rather than zygotes decades ago.

    • nana4gj

      They also keep funding for agencies and programs charged with investigation of and follow up of reports of child abuse and neglect at bare bones level. Instead of providing a program that can effectively monitor high risk homes and parenting, such as in UK, they are content to turn a blind eye on that child they fight so hard to birth into this life. Texas has a high rate of infant and child mortality from abuse and neglect. Some of our cities have high profile “No Kill” programs for animals, but seem resigned to reading monthly reports of another child who died from abuse and/or neglect that was known to have been at high risk, in our newspapers, because there just were not enough resources to intervene.

      Intervention may not be the surmounting legal difficulty of removing the child from the custody of parents, but it could and should be providing resources that monitor, educate, support, the parent and the child on a weekly basis with regular home visits and formal programs of parenting.

      • Allan Richardson

        If they stopped abuse of children, where would Texas Republican politicians come from?

  • Joe_the_Troll

    No, being pro-life means respecting the lives of the unborn EXCLUSIVELY.

    • Tbone

      huh? Not so much.

    • http://evil-se7en.com/ Bill

      Nope. Wrong.

    • Mike Maricle

      That was Snark. Right?

      • Flying Goat

        With a name like “Joe_the_Troll”…How could that not be snark?

    • Sand_Cat

      Yeah, to HELL with all those BORN babies!

    • jmprint

      And you know this because…?

    • Laurel Isaak

      http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+5&version=NIV
      Explain that and explain where you have decided your point of view from?

    • Scott Lanway

      Dude, I get what you’re getting at, but next time use a /snark tag?

    • 503me

      You can not be pro-life for what is not alive. A fetus is not alive and to only respect the unborn, is to be against life.

      • Chuck

        How is a fetus not alive? I’m willing to look at everyone’s point of view, but a fetus IS alive. It moves, breathes, yawns, sucks its thumb…..meets every scientific criteria I know of.

        • plc97477

          He means it is not capable of living outside the womb.

        • 503me

          It means that until that fetus can be alive outside the womb, the fetus is not a live baby. That meets every scientific criteria I know of.

  • bikesy

    Who are there sad people who spend so much time complaining about paying their taxes and trying to put their plaid asses into the examining room between a citizen and their doctor?

  • OldUncleDave

    They apparently define “life” as beginning at conception and ending at birth.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Only if you are a member of the Texas Republican Party.

      • waynef43

        Texas republicans are not technically “alive”. It requires some minimal amount of brain activity.

    • bur945

      Well said!

    • rkief

      Right, Unk, her opponents are about “pro-birth,” and to hell with the rest of your life.

    • Dottie Miller

      Stealing that to use myself. Hope you don’t mind.

      • OldUncleDave

        I don’t mind at all. I’m flattered.

    • jhertzli

      That little cliche died along with Terri Schindler Schiavo.

    • oldabatt

      @Nate Tartick …any supporting data that they were not, you swine? K of C? Is that the men’s club where they dress up like children playing pirate with pointy swords, capes, and funny hats?

  • Jason’s Robot

    I think this cartoon nails most ‘pro-life’ rightwingers perfectly.

    • Lynda Groom

      It sure does. Certainly applies to that P J Tatler person.

    • Erik

      Also, too, WIC, Head Start, public education, student loans to pay for college…

    • 503me

      I love this cartoon and have shared it before on facebook.

    • Allan Richardson

      These people read “A Christmas Carol” backwards, because that makes it a happy ending for them. And they read “Lord of the Rings” and cheer for Sauron because Middle Earth needs a strong leader.

    • Karma_hitman

      OK I am stealing this for use as a light saber LOL

  • jamie haines

    she’s right. the GOP is not pro-life; they are pro-birth. Once that child is born, they have no interest in its health, education, or welfare. and Pro-Choice needs to be re-termed Pro-woman!

    • nana4gj

      Pro Woman/Pro Child

    • tdm3624

      I agree. The current labels are misleading.

  • Julia Milazzo

    Wow, Eric Erickson says abortion barbie, huh, who is he then, Coat Hanger Ken?!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • frumpus

      Eric Erickson is the biggest piece of shit on the planet.

      • BoBelinski

        You forgot Limbaugh. Now that Breitbart’s dead, Rushbo holds the title, imho.

    • Barbara Morgan

      I wonder how many of these anti abortion people were even born before Roe VS Wade and how many them really know about the high number of females that died because of do it yourself abortions, back alley abortions and were beaten to death by either the sperm donor or their own parents while trying to cause a miscarriage. I don’t know the numbers but do remember the whispers along older people when some teenager or young adult unmarried woman died unexpectedly and realized years later they were whispering because the female had died because she was pregnant and either died from the above reasons or because she didn’t get any prenatal care and died giving birth usually to a stillborn baby. It would be poetic justice if everyone of them would have to go in time and live what these females suffered before they died, it would really be poetic justice if Eric Erickson had to back and had to go back as teenage female with parents that very strict rules for moral conduct and harsh punishments when the moral rules were broken.

      • BoBelinski

        You wonder what they know? You’re very generous to believe that A. knowledge is something they value, and B. that they can retain info that is contrary to their prejudices.

  • Jazzidiot

    In Texas, life begins at conception, and ends at execution.

  • Lynne Smith

    Today I had very conservative Republican, what I think is a T Partier in disguise, disagree with me on my support of ACA…when his threats and nastiness didn’t work…he called me pro-abortion, pro=divorce and all kinds of things. He ended it by saying he hoped ACA didn’t ruin my life. Hello, wake up folks I am pro-life like Wendy and PCIP the first rollout of ACA in 2011 saved my life. Having the option to buy adequate health insurance is pro-life. These conservatives bring shame to Christianity and I’m pretty sure Jesus would’t support what they are doing.

  • docb

    My money was well spent..She is correct to not play their game…It has always been about ANTI -CHOICE from the repub baggers..Never pro -life..We dems are Pro-Life! Go get them Davis!

  • Budjob

    You ROCK Wendy!! Maybe you should be fighting extremism WITH extremism.Go get em girl.Hold their feet to the fire!!!

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  • mytdawg

    Only in America could you create a political platform on protecting fetuses and corporations and defining them as people while ignoring women, gays, minorities and anyone else that isn’t a rich white man. That’s not pro life, that’s just plain old bigotry.

  • nana4gj

    I endorse the position of ProLife that Wendy Davis defines. I always have. I’m proud she said it publicly. I have worked as a Pediatric Nurse in hospitals for Children and I have worked in Children’s Emergency Medical Shelters that provide safe haven for children from at risk homes from all over the state.

    They receive medical care, psychological evaluations and care, dental care, three nutritious meals a day, a bath every night before bedtime, attend local public school, and live in lovely homes donated to Respite Care for the purpose of sheltering these children until the courts determine their return to parents who receive intervention, place them in foster care, or arrange legal adoption. They receive all of this by trained personnel in a loving and caring structured environment, equipped to manage everything from abuse, neglect, severe autism, and behavior disorders, and they begin to thrive after the third week.

    Charitable donations to Respite Care and to the homes directly help. But the funding for all of it is from Medicaid and other “entitlements”. “Entitlements” that are always at risk in Texas of being defunded. These children come from all socio-economic levels of society, of all races. They even come from the ICUs of hospitals, having recovered as best they could from the physical abuse that has left beautiful, innocent babies, brain damaged and motor impaired for life. Sometimes, there are families of children. No matter the financial capability of the parents, when a child suffers, they are in a socio economic class of their own and many need state assistance for the rest of their lives, if they are that impaired.

    I am also ProChoice. I believe any body of politicians who can decree a woman must procreate and bear a pregnancy under any circumstance can also decree that a woman must terminate a pregnancy for reasons determined by that same body of politicians. Some of the rhetoric used by these same politicians demonstrate so little respect for women, the poor, the sick, the child born into less than ideal circumstances, that I feel it would not be unreasonable to expect that they would use selective determination of who can bear a child and who cannot someday. That is frightening. The same politicians would like to remove the woman’s right to access contraception, as well.

    Every child born into this life should be wanted, valued, and cared for. When circumstances do not support that, a society that puts obstacles to that end should not be empowered to make decisions for the woman bearing the responsibility for the child and then deny all resources to provide and nurture that child.

    And that is why, in the interest of ProLife, I am ProChoice.

  • m8lsem

    Bless you, Wendy, for stressing that life does not end at birth.

  • Aep

    It seems like the issue of the abortion should be more focused on preventing the events and circumstances that lead to a woman aborting a baby. I feel strongly that we need to protect unborn children just like we need to advocate for other individuals that cannot do so for themselves. However, it doesn’t seem to be working to strip people of their ability to choose an abortion so perhaps we need to address it from other angles. Choice is important and instinctively I believe we all resist it being taken from us. I would like to hear a discussion about how to reduce circumstances leading to abortion instead of seeing offensive bloody pictures of fetuses on street corners or hearing women adamantly screaming at the top their lungs that their body is only their own. These behaviors keep us from actually talking to each other and finding a better solution for both groups of people

    • plc97477

      I would be happy to see the guys who get one female after another pregnant getting their balls cut off. Maybe we could make them sign away all rights. The thing is as long as only one member of a two member team pays for the act it will never be changed.

    • Barbara Morgan

      We need sex education from just before puberty( which is happening at a much younger age now than in the past) through high school graduation. Since there are so many parents,or parent that either don’t know how to have the ‘talks” about sex and what can happen when it happens or don’t want to take the time to do it then the schools should be allowed to teach sex education that includes all types sex And what a youngster can do to keep from getting pregnant or catching sexual diseases, Just teaching abstinence doesn’t work and it has been shown to not work. Also males need to be taught that it is much their place to make sure there any pregnancy or spreading of sexual diseases as it is the females.
      Also I think that the so called Pro life people need to all go back to school or somewhere and be taught that life really begins when a baby is delivered and continues on until it is their time to die. In other words life means having food, shelter, clothing, education, medical, dental, and eye care and a chance to have a better life than the ones that made it did, not cutting food stamps, education funds and so on.

      • Aep

        I think that having that kind of comprehensive sex education and on a continual basis is a brilliant idea. I also agree that it is deeply ironic that there are so many people who are pro-life that appear to not care as much about a baby once it actually enters the world (hence cutting food stamps and the horrible labels given to people who receive help from “entitlement programs”). However, the education for pro-life individuals wouldn’t work, just as trying to convince women that once pregnant, they share their bodies with another human being that has rights. Oftentimes it isn’t about education, it is about spiritual belief. I just thought that if we focused on things like sex education instead of our divisive belief difference, we might actually see a reduction in abortions.

        • Allan Richardson

          Abstinence ONLY sex education is like driver’s education that ignores the seat belts because only BAD drivers will need them.

          • Aep

            Agreed.

    • Patrick Elliott

      “However, it doesn’t seem to be working to strip people of their ability
      to choose an abortion so perhaps we need to address it from other
      angles.”

      Its necessary to remember also that sometimes its not a choice. Either the mother dies, and the child is going to be worse off without her, in some cases, or worse than that, if single, the child ends up in foster care, and the mother in the morgue. Then there is the cases where “neither” will live, or where the life expectancy, or conditions of the child’s life, or just the very simple reality that, for how ever long they do live, the best education, food, health care, housing, etc., won’t help, since the child has a known, incurable, genetic, or developmental defect. And those are just the “extreme” cases. We also don’t see all these “concerned” people offering help with congenital heart defects, life saving transplants, and other, “less lethal”, or, “permanently debilitating”, disorders that can happen. There is even the stupid example of dead, never going to be alive, babies, being left “in”, until they spontaneously abort, of the mother develops sepsis from it, and dies, because the so called pro-lifers can’t grasp the concept that pregnancies are bloody dangerous, and no miracle, (unless the doctor making the diagnosis is a complete quack, who shouldn’t be licensed in the first place), is going to cause the baby to suddenly be alive again, instead of a serious health threat to the very real, living, women, forced to carry around a dead body, until it either gets expelled, or rots, and kills her.

      So, yeah, there definitely needs to be a lot less stupid on the “sex ed”, and “responsibility” side of things too, but.. the, “no abortions ever, unless its my own kid, or I can dream up some other vague exception, which can’t be applied to anyone else”, side is dangerously delusional, inhuman, and imho, in some cases, no less criminal than, say, some rapist who gets a women pregnant in the first place. But then, what do you expect, when most of the people that support such a position have only just barely (assuming they have gotten more civilized, which isn’t always the case), than the same ancient tribes who thought you “fixed” rape by making the women marry the rapist. Fixing it by making her have the baby… is only *barely* less insane imho, since it still treats the women in question as something whose own autonomy/life needs to be “given away” to, if not the rapist, then the child of the rape. Who gives a damn how screwed up everything she wanted, dreamed, hoped for, or might have achieved becomes, as a result of someone else’s choice, right?

      No, there is no moral grounds on which you can place yourself as 100% “pro-life”, in the sense defined by the jerks that coined that term. To do so shows a sadistic, if not criminal, lack of understanding of risks, responsibilities, and consequences. If abortion where logically a jail-able offense, then the jury that found them guilty, and the judge that did the sentencing, should share the same cell, for the same term, for their own denial of human rights and life.

  • Ambient

    I’m guessing abortion is higher where it’s illegal because family planning and contraception is not highly available either in these places.

  • Roland Ramirez

    Don’t forget about the babies that are thrown in dumpsters and abused by unfit mothers. Or the babies that are not fed, or even have their diapers changed, because the mother neglected them. I see it alot on the news here in San Antonio. It’s almost like, “why did you have a child if you’re not going to take care of it?” And then I think to myself and say why didn’t she just an abortion, then abuse a child or neglect them?

    • Barbara Morgan

      It is not always the woman that mistreats the babies a fact that you Roland seem to have overlooked. They are also mistreated, thrown in dumpsters and all the rest by their biological father or the live in boyfriend and in some cases sexually abused by the male at the living place. So both sexes abuse, neglect , ignore or kill these babies that they should have never had n the first place. I don’t understand why a woman could give birth to a baby, then her or allow a man to do all the things you listed, why not have an abortion or at least give the baby when born up for adoption, where hopefully it would have a better live(but is not always the case)

  • Girl

    I haven’t read such a bias article in a long time!

    • 503me

      There was no bias in this article. It was quite clear and the responses from the ‘pro-no-abortion’ crowd were quite clear at the same time. Only a person that doesn’t believe in pro-those alive’ and instead is only a ‘pro-no-abortion’ would believe otherwise. You can’t be both-

      • ItGirlSmartGirl

        Terms like “anti-abortion rights” and “opponents of abortion rights” are inherently bias. They make the assumption that abortion is a right, when that is supposed to be the point of contention in the article. There is no denying that both sides of the debate prefer to be framed in positive terms (“pro-life” and “pro-choice”, typically). If they wanted to be unbiased, they could have said “pro-life-after-conception” VS. “pro-life-after-birth”. People would have been outraged if they instead said “pro-life” and “opponents of pro-life”/”anti-life”.

        • 503me

          Well, abortion is a right and a legal right that has been decided by our courts. You can’t be pro-life and then only care about the needs of an unborn fetus. You are not pro-life as you are only pro-no-abortion. You can’t advocate for the living, when a fetus is not alive. Get the difference? Its not your choice or the governments, what a woman decides. Its up to that woman and her doctor. Abortion is legal, because making abortion illegal, doesn’t stop abortions, it just makes them deadly and dangerous. You are not pro-life- as your true feelings come through-when you state that abortion is not a right. Who are you to decide another womans decisions? What makes you and your ilk right? You are pro-no-abortion

          • ItGirlSmartGirl

            Your entire argument is flawed due to the fact that a fetus is most definitely living. Single cells are living. Bacteria are living. In order for it to stop existing, you must kill it, destroy its cells, however you want to frame it. It is usually an issue of whether or not the fetus is human/has basic human rights.

          • 503me

            Oh my, but you really have a way with your words, but words don’t make something true. Until a fetus can live outside the womb, it is not a live baby. Get that? You seem to think that women are just ‘baby hatcheries’ and have no rights

          • ItGirlSmartGirl

            It is interesting that you feel the need to extend what I have said to encompass common arguments in order to find a flaw in my logic. In reality, I think women have many rights. But they should not trump those of the fetus. Don’t forget that fetus is an arbitrary term we’ve assigned to a certain point in human development. Consider the fact that you could abort a “fetus” that was conceived 160 days prior, or a premature “baby” could be born after 160 days and we could not terminate its life. Yet, the premature baby might need life support and would definitely need the support of its mother or other caregivers to survive. Women that are truly interested in reproductive control (such as myself) take as many precautions as possible- there are many forms of contraception that prevent pregnancy- however I recognize sexual activity has the “risk” of pregnancy. Before you remind me some women did not consent to this risk of pregnancy because they are sexually abused, I will remind you that that is an incredibly small number of the abortions performed. I would give my deepest sympathy to the rare women that end up in this challenging situation.

          • 503me

            Who made you god? When a fetus can live outside the womb, it is a viable fetus. You really don’t get it, do you? Your thoughts and beliefs are yours to have, but not to force your beliefs on another. How many ‘live children’ do you help? How many times have you advocated for ‘free and easily obtainable’ birth control and birth control education in schools? How many times have you advocated for ‘livable wages’- and needed child care and needed education and healthcare? Do you think that anyone cares if you have sympathy? You have convinced yourself, that only your beliefs are real and that everyone else must bow to your beliefs and decisions. When a fetus can live at day one-outside the womb, then it would be a different matter, wouldn’t it? Can a fetus live outside the womb from day one? No Forgot to add- the rights of the woman trump the rights of an unborn fetus

          • ItGirlSmartGirl

            My my, many questions and zero answers. I am respectfully withdrawing from this conversation, as I sought a stimulating discussion, and was met instead with irrational rage and accusations. Just so you can rest easy (and put things into perspective)- I am a medical student, and I volunteer at 4 places, including with inner city families, children and women that are victims of domestic abuse, and at a child research facility. I will not be replying again, so fair thee well. :)

          • 503me

            And I am a mother of five and nine grandchildren. I fought for these rights you so denigrate and well remember what it was like prior to roe vs wade. How kind of you to think only your thoughts matter- fyi I have two grown daughters and 2 daughters in law and I have three granddaughters I think my experience trumps yours and I will continue to fight to keep in place the ‘rights to abortion’ to be a personal choice. If as you say, you are a medical student- then you are quite aware of when a fetus becomes a viable ‘baby’ Just so you can rest easy and put your mind to rest-

          • plc97477

            I too am old enough to remember when it was dangerous to terminate a pregnancy. I hope with all my heart we never go back there.

          • 503me

            Glad to meet another of the ‘old guard’, I find it so sad that we even have to have this conversation again-to have to fight for it once again, just seems so sad. Peace

          • Barbara Morgan

            It is sad that the ones of us that lived as young females in the days before Roe vs Wade are having to help the younger generation re fight the fight that was fought and won once again because of people like the one that calls themselves smart girl, which she or he isn’t.

          • 503me

            You are so right about all that you wrote. The only consolation I have, is that I do have the time now to spend on fighting to keep these rights, as being retired, don’t have the constraints of a job. Sure wish though, that we could fight for new rights, not fighting to keep rights we fought so hard for. Peace

          • Barbara Morgan

            Won’t reply again because we oldsters know when someone is not being truthful is more like it. Don’t believe a word you say about being a medical student and the rest.

          • Barbara Morgan

            You may be posting like you are a female but I seriously doubt you are. Because if you were then you know that no matter what you call the biological matter in a woman’s womb, unless it can live out side the womb and further develop it is not really alive. Also what Doctors now call miscarriages which can happen at anytime in the term of a pregnancy including the ninth month was called body abortions for years, in other words a woman’s body abort the biological mass that could form into a baby or not at anytime, because there is something wrong with it or as in my case my white blood cells attacked the mass thinking it was parasite and caused it to die. Also how can you remind anyone that a small number of abortions happens because of sexual abuse since not all cases of rape, incest or abuse are actually reported so there is no way to know how many women that have had or will have abortions were sexually abused since women are still treated like they cause themselves to be sexually abused by people that should know better. Also there are only three perfect forms to prevent pregnancy and even one of them has been known to fail, don’t have sex ever, for a woman have a hysterectomy or tubes tied and for male to be clipped. But when it comes to tube tying and being clipped if not done well they can grow back together and a surprise pregnancy happens or in the case of the male if for any reason say he is injured in the groin area and swells up his tubes can grow together while he is healing and surprise pregnancy.

          • plc97477

            Each and every sperm has a beating heart but I don’t see you trying to stop the lose of those “living things”

          • Allan Richardson

            Since a heart is made up of multiple cells, neither a sperm nor an ovum nor an early embryo has a heart, nor blood vessels, nor blood. And certain religions using medieval theories of how reproduction occurs DO consider any intentional “waste” of sperm to be sinful.

          • ItGirlSmartGirl

            Remember, our courts and our society once decided that “incompetent” individuals should be sterilized, homosexuality was a disease, and black people were not human. I hope you can agree we’ve been wrong before.

          • 503me

            I am sorry, but you are not allowed to force your beliefs on others. Until a fetus can live outside the womb, it is a fetus and becomes a baby when born. What you refer to, has nothing to do with the subject at hand. No one is forcing you to believe any different or have an abortion. Interesting to note than in TX, as in all red states led by GOP, medicaid is not available for these ‘women’ who are pregnant and there are no ‘free’ clinics to receive needed prenatal medical treatment and no ‘free’ way to have that ‘baby’ and so, you like the rest of your ilk, are only pro-no-abortion and once that fetus is a baby-then people like you will be the first to say-why did you have a baby you can’t afford to raise- You are the one that is wrong, and I and many others will agree on that fact. NO ONE IS FORCING YOU OR ANYONE TO HAVE AN ABORTION- UNLIKE YOURSELF AND THOSE LIKE YOU THAT WOULD FORCE YOUR BELIEFS ON ANOTHER women are not baby hatcheries and they have rights that are more important than an unborn fetus.

    • MillRun

      change your name to dumb girl. thank you.

  • Diana Couturier

    I recently read some clinical testing studies; Some basic Vaccines, are made with Aborted fetus tissue cells. But that’s probably Okay with the Right Wing Tea Party!

    • Allan Richardson

      As far as I know, that is false. However, some cutting edge therapies being tested involve using stem cells cultured either from the patient’s own somatic cells or stem cells, or undifferentiated stem cells from embryos (not fetuses) that have not split into different kinds of cells and tissues yes.

  • louexis

    These Pro-Life fanatics are no different than men in Arab countries. What is the difference between how women are treated in Saudi Arabia and the Pro-Lifers that want to control a woman’s body. Women have no rights in Saudi Arabia and there are those here in our country that want to treat women the same way

  • Joyce Beattie

    YAY Wendy! Pro Life is concern, compassion for life outside of the uterus.
    If they aren’t willing to give their resources for actually caring about a life after it’s born, and assure that it has a chance for a good life, what right have they to take a “moral” stand – well, actually, it still isn’t right to force a Woman to have to give up her body for 9 months, pregnancy is not without great costs, and a child’s needs are expensive, too, for the next two decades or more.

    • Barbara Morgan

      What I don’t understand is how any person can call themselves pro life and yet never consider that even today being pregnant can cost a woman her life and in lot of cases the death of the biological mass in her womb also. Also how can you call yourself pro life if you are willing and are pushing for the safety nets for babies, their siblings and their parents or parent, the handicapped, seniors and vets be cut so people that already have more money than they can spend it 3-4 lifetimes can get bigger tax cuts and more corporate welfare. Also how can you be for war since war causes the death not only of military personnel but civilians, babies, children, teenagers and adults. And continually want education funds, medical funds for all youngsters cut, if someone is actually pro life taking care of others goes on after birth to the grave when they need it not once there is another mouth on the planet to be fed.

  • agb1953 .

    That body in your body isn’t your body.

  • ThomasBonsell

    These righties are the same ones who want “limited government,”

    Well, real limited government is to limit government only to those powers the Constitution provides, either explicitly or implied.

    And it DOES NOT empower government to regulate family planning, the reproductive process, our love lives and marriages, our patriotism or lack thereof and many other areas their Big Brother Government wants to oversee.

  • http://www.Xenu.net/ simkatu

    If life begins at conception, aren’t all the world’s frozen embryos alive? If so, shouldn’t they all be immediately implanted into the nearest fertile female member of the Texas GOP? Then it would be murder if you refuse to have the embryo implanted in you, right?

  • Tionia

    I just wonder why all of you are against those souls that are already born? Seems to me your as guilty as you say Wendy is. You only care about the pre-born, once they’re out of the uterus then they are on their own! Sadly many people care about the life of those before they take their 1st breath but not after they have taken their 1st breath. Which makes all of you who don’t care about the born pure hypocrites! I know many fighting for the life of the pre-born claim to be Christian and while I am not judging them what I don’t understand is how can those who are, be pro death? If your for the death penalty then that is exactly what you are! And for any Christian following the 10 Commandments it should be one of their priorities, yet they don’t care if people are killed deep in the heart of Texas. I seem to remember one of the Commandments is “Thou Shalt Not Kill”! Hmmm if you don’t follow that for EVERY life then your pro death! Wasn’t it Jesus who said “Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone”? How do you justify killing human beings be they born or unborn??? Either pro ALL life or your not!

  • rothgar

    Well said Sen. Davis. Well said. Actually according to recent studies the incidence of abortion is almost 2-1/2 times higher in places where it is restricted or banned compared to places where it is readily available.

    These Anti-Choices are members of the Cult of Fetal Personhood. They are adding requirements above and beyond those penned by the Creator in the Holy Bible; see what God says about the humanity of fetal life in Exodus 21:22-23 killing a fetus was not a capital crime – therefore not yet Human.

    These Cultists worship human life (life is sacred) which is the epitome of arrogance and IMHO defiance of God. Further this belief contradicts the Gospel message of salvation. .

  • KD Newman

    They aren’t “pro-life”, they’re “pro-birth”! Once the child is born, they couldn’t care less what happens to them. And to them, making a woman carry an unborn fetus to term is just punitive damage for daring to have sex without wanting to procreate. We’re having a vote here next week on a bill to restrict abortion in our city and on a local news TV station’s blog I literally just yesterday saw a pro-birther post that “women shouldn’t lay with a man if they don’t want a child”.

    • Robby Cunningham

      I didn’t think bigotry was acceptable anymore.

  • http://mohammeddressup.com/ I Zheet M’Drawz

    Texas Abortion Opponents To Cheer Selves Up With Execution

    AUSTIN, TX—Following state senator Wendy Davis’ successful filibuster of sweeping abortion restrictions, disappointed Texans told reporters they are looking forward to tonight’s scheduled execution of convicted murderer Kimberly McCarthy to cheer them back up. “I was completely devastated after learning that abortion providers throughout the state would remain open, but thankfully, there’s nothing better to lift up our spirits than an old-fashioned execution,” said Fort Worth anti-abortion activist Caroline Hinton, who added that the impending lethal injection of McCarthy was “more than enough” to put a smile back on her face. “And as soon as I remembered that the state of Texas is preparing to take a woman’s life this evening by strapping her onto a gurney and shooting a cocktail of deadly chemicals into her arteries, I just perked right up and put those failed abortion restrictions out of my mind. And it’s our 500th execution, too, so it’s going to be a real celebration! I guess this week won’t turn out all bad after all.” At press time, Hinton reported feeling “even better” after learning that Governor Rick Perry is expected to call a special session to reintroduce the anti-abortion legislation and that political analysts say it will likely pass.

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