This afternoon, evil Republican dumbfuck Rick Perry signed a bill effectively nuking abortion rights in Texas. From the Guardian:
Rick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas, signed into law the nation’s most sweeping new abortion limits on Thursday morning, in a move that is likely to be subject to a challenge in the courts. The bill, which will drastically reduce access to abortion in the state, failed to pass last month because of an 11-hour filibuster by state senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat. It was passed last week after Perry called a second special session to do so. “It is a very happy, celebratory day,” Perry said, before he sat down to sin the bill, at the Capitol auditorium, where the bill-signing ceremony was held amid tight security. “This is an important day for those who support life and for those who support the health of Texas women,” said Perry, a staunch anti-abortionist. “In signing House Bill 2, we celebrate and further cement the foundation on which the culture of life in Texas is built.” A dozen state troopers were stationed outside the building, alongside scores of protesters in orange shirts, carrying coat hangers and signs that read: “Shame”, according to Dallas News. Bill HB2 bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the state, limits the procedure to surgical centres, mandates that only a physician may dispense or administer abortion-inducing drugs, and requires clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Only five of Texas’s 42 abortion clinics currently meet the new requirements.
Sigh. I suppose I’d get flagged as a terrorist on NSA lists if I printed up “Abort Rick Perry” T-shirts, wouldn’t I?
Okay, seriously: I know that some people like to pretend that their so-called “pro-life” ideology is a legitimate moral position but laws like this kill women and the fuckwits who fight for them must be stopped. And as we’ve pointed out before, a lot of these Texas-type pro-life dingbats live in Saskatchewan and would lurve to bring the same laws here. You can see their propaganda on city buses and billboards. Even Dog Blog has regular readers who think abortion should be outlawed (hi Seanbot!).
The Rick Perrys are out there and they want to fuck up our rights. You gotta be ready to fight ’em, people.
UPDATE: Check out this gif of abortion clinics before and after Texas’ new law. Via Daily Kos.