There’s a lot to admire about the celebrated filibusterer Wendy Davis, and her overnight victory over blatant cheaters. Tough, articulate, and with the kind of perseverance we can hardly value highly enough, the Texas state senator showed up and stayed up, remaining on her feet for 13 hours. Her Republican opponents, meanwhile, behaved both poorly and unintelligently. They ruled that her completely relevant mention of a sonogram law passed last year somehow wasn’t germane to the discussion. (Her point was that restrictions under discussion would be unduly burdensome on top of those already imposed.) Then, they ruled that she had strayed
The dichotomy of the human race never ceases to amaze me. You have millions of parents and grandparents who cherish their kids and grand kids above all else and another group who openly supports flushing them down the toilet in the name of reproductive rights.
This woman getting cheered and becoming an overnight sensation reminds me of the heresy of Obama telling PP people ,god bless you.
I understand how women get into gut wrenching jams sometimes with a surprise pregnancy but that isn´t what this is about,it´s about cult worship,this is a psychotic addiction to a leg of liberalism,that isn´t even open to discussion with these people.
Maybe we should accept gay marriage because if nothing else,it would cut own on abortions.But try to impose either of these cults on muslims and see how far you get.You could have your own 13 hour rant or at least as long as you´re not beheaded.
No, WaPo, she is a fairly ignorant individual. She hates having medical treatment available for women, in case their abortion goes poorly.
The Texas bill would regulate abortion clinics and demand they have adequate medical help available, so we do not have a Gosnell situation occur in Texas. And the abortionists are flat out lying about the bill forcing the closure of 37 clinics. If a clinic does not provide necessary emergency medical treatment, they need to be within 30 minutes of a hospital that does provide emergency medical treatment. This bill specifically targets the worst 5 clinics in Texas and demands they have medical help available in a reasonable amount of time.
Abortion zealots, like Wendy Davis, see late term abortion and infanticide as some bizarre human right that is only opposed by ´extremists´. It is impossible to have a rational dialog over this kind of twisted logic. All the liberals can do is cheer her on for temporarily beating back the Republicans in the Texas State Legislature. Ultimately this bill will be passed. Governor Perry is going to see to it.
Abortion is the human sacrifice that the Church of Progressives demand of its members. All those willing to sacrifice their child on its altar should be required to watch the procedure. They need to see what they support. No more hiding behind the phrases "women´s right to choose" or "women´s reproductive lives". They need to get up close and personal with this procedure if it is so vital. They don´t want to know.
The Texas law is not unlike legislation on the books all over Western Europe, where late-term abortions are rightly considered barbaric — except, of course, in cases of rape, incest
Why must the innocent die?
I´m wondering why abortion enthusiasts aren´t calling for the same treatment of the person who commits rape or incest ... take a chain saw and cut off his arms and legs and bash his head in with an axe. Or, alternatively, drawn and quartered.
One thing the abortion rights people and the right to life people have in common --- this is paradoxical, but let me say it --- is a commitment to the good of women and children, as they see it. In other words, the activists certainly "care", while the inactivists don´t see what all the fuss is about.
Melinda Henneberger is asking the abortion rights people to simply widen their framework--- be more inclusive --- protect the diversity of the human race, which comes in many glorious forms including man & woman, born & unborn. Yes, widen the framework: give a wider welcome to them all.
And in return, we prolifers are called narrow bigots.
We have over 4,000 Crisis Pregnancy Centers in this country who provide a generous "Babette´s Feast" of services for pregnant women free of charge. Our aim is "Mother and baby, love them both." The other side greets new life with a knife. Their outcome is: one dead, one wounded.
The bodies of these poor babies need to be preserved and shown. Let the public see them up close and personal and then decide if they are "human" enough to care about. There are a million ways to prevent pregnancy, there are ways to prevent pregnancy after the "act" if you are too foolish to use protection and after missing your period you can tell if you are pregnancy almost immediately so why late term abortions? Unless it is a life/death crisis for the mother or the child is deceased or will expire shortly after birth I ave a problem with this procedure.
To add to #12 a bit, if all the pro abortion people, both men and women, were forced to watch an abortion in all its horror, I believe that we would have such a turn around it would make our collective heads spin.
They support what they do not understand. Bravo to Governor Perry for wanting to regulate these butcher shops masked as ´clinics´. He may be trying to get out in front of the bad PR coming if and when the trial starts on the Houston doctor who is under investigation for running one of these gruesome places. I saw hints of this during the end phase of the Gosnell trial. This guy will be even worse than Gosnell. At least he used scissors.
Liberalism has finally morphed into a kind of fundamentalist religion. They not only have flipped the 10 Commandments ("Thou shalt be able to kill"), they have also radicalized their believers to treat all infidels as enemies. If you happen to disagree with any of their new commandments, you´re a bigot, a clinger, or perhaps even a creepy ass cracker.
Personally, I think of myself as a "vanil*a n*gga" because I didn´t pay enough attention to their sacred teachings while confined in their liberal madrassas. As a result, I fell in with the wrong crowd (mathematicians), learned their creepy language, and worst of all learned how to think, so I´m totally messed up trying to grasp illogic.
So I´m hoping (in my shame) that they will be patient and understanding with me. Seriously. I´m trying hard to be down with how advanced and evolved and sacred it is to passionately believe it´s good to kill viable fetuses if they´re, you know, inconvenient. I´m not quite there yet.
Well said #16. There is only one argument progressives can make for abortion, and that involves the supremacy of self over the reality of life unseen. If I can´t see it, it doesn´t exist. It has no rights. MY wants, MY fears, MY rights are all important. The prolife movement will not win by enacting statutes and winning cases~we will win by changing the hearts and minds of the coming generations. Kermit Gosnell was a start, but we have to keep his butchery in the forefront of the fight. More and more young people are recognizing the evil inherent in abortion; and they are the best hope for its demise.
#21, I can promise you something. It may be 25 years, 50, 100. But one day, we will look back at this day with the same revulsion we look back at ancient Rome, and we will say the same thing. "How could a society so educated and modern be so barbaric and evil"?´
The women that are so enamored with Davis and her STUPID shoes are the same moronic dingbats who thought those gladiators were so darn cute! and cheered those beautiful lions eating those goofy Christian kids alive. I guarantee you there was lots of discussion about the new sandals worn by the loudest cheerleader.
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