This bill failed the first time thanks to Wendy Davis's filibuster, but Gov. Rick Perry simply called a special legislative session to order to get a do-over. He accused Democrats of "mob rule" in using their voices to defeat the bill, but monarchical rule on his part -- keep having the vote till you get the result you want -- is OK.
"Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican who opposes abortion, called lawmakers back to Austin for a second special session to reconsider the proposal. Most lawmakers in the Republican controlled Senate favor the bill."Part of the strategy is to blur the line between "fetus" and "baby":
"During the debate on Tuesday, Representative Jason Villalba, a Republican whose wife is expecting a baby boy, spoke passionately in favor of the bill while showing his colleagues a sonogram picture of 'my son.'"I guess it's safe to say his wife will now be protected from that unwanted, forced abortion.
Women's hard-fought-for rights keep getting chipped away a the state level. And belief trumps research:
"The 20-week provision -- a version of which has been passed by a dozen states -- is based on controversial research suggesting fetuses feel pain at that point in the pregnancy.In an interview with CNN, Wendy Davis conceded the bill is likely to pass:
"Bill opponent Representative Senfronia Thompson, a Democrat, unsuccessfully proposed an amendment to exempt victims of rape and incest from the 20-week provision.
"Last week, two states imposed new abortion restrictions.
"Ohio stripped funding from Planned Parenthood and put new requirements on those performing and seeking abortions. Wisconsin passed a law requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound and new requirements on doctors performing abortions."