Wednesday, June 26, 2013

LT Gov. Dewhurst: Mob Derailed Texas Abortion Vote - SB 5 Invalid - Another Special Session for Pro Life Bill?

Texas LT Governor David Dewhurst has declared the Texas Pro Life Abortion Bill invalid due to "An unruly mob using Occupy Wall Street tactics." He then says to "see ya soon" which tells me that he expects a Governor Perry to call a second special session to pass the pro-life bills.

the following is from the Texas Tribune:

3:13 a.m. by Brandi Grissom
Without recognizing Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, for a motion to adjourn Sine Die, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst stepped down from the dais after ruling that time had expired on SB 5, telling the senators, "It's been fun, but, um, see ya soon."
He then told reporters that "An unruly mob using Occupy Wall Street tactics" derailed legislation that was designed to protect women and babies.
He said he was "very frustrated."
"I didn't lose control of what we were doing," he told reporters. "We had an unruly mob."

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UPDATE: Is Texas Senate Midnight Abortion Vote INVALID due to Passed Deadline?

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Pro-Choice Mob Disrupts Texas Abortion Vote but Pro-Life Bill PASSES at Midnight after Filibuster
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This Bill Should Have NEVER had to go to Special Session. It Should have been Passed in Regular Session but Speaker Joe Straus Killed It in Regular Session and pushed it to the end of the Special Session

The only reason that the pro life bill even had to go down to the wire in a special session is because Texas Speaker Joe Straus KILLED all pro life bills in the regular session. That is right, the Texas Senate was able to have time to debate and pass several pro-life bills in the regular session. These bills were sent to the Texas House where they would have EASILY passed the near super-majority Republican body. The problem is that the pro-choice Speaker Joe Straus did not allow his leadership to let the bills out of committee. They never even made it to the floor for a vote.

Texas pro-life LT Governor David Dewhurst asked for the bills to be added onto the special session because stopping unborn babies from suffering and increasing the health and protection of women is important to him. Joe Straus, like always, did not show any support for adding the pro-life bills to the special session and Straus even criticized Governor Perry for adding extra bills on the short 30 day special session (referring to the pro-life bills). Thankfully we have a pro-life Governor, Rick Perry, and he put the pro-life bills on the Special Session agenda.

Joe Straus cut the special session short a few days by sending the legislators home, even though Straus knew the special session was short and knew that these pro-life bills would be added by Perry. Straus then went on to schedule the pro-life bills at the very end of the special session knowing that the pro life bills, when passed by the House, would still need to go back to the Senate to be approved with little time left and with a much stronger Democrat presence in the Senate.

What Was Passed in the Pro Life Bill SB5?

Several important laws were passed in this pro-life bill. According to Texas Right to Life, Senate Bill 5 would affirm the state's interest in protecting the lives of preborn children who feel pain by banning abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization.  Senate Bill 5 also requires all abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.

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