The past few weeks have been quite interesting for the pro-life and pro-choice movements in Texas.
Last Tuesday, Senators were set to vote on the passage of SB5, which if passed, would close all but five abortion facilities in Texas and also ban abortions after twenty weeks.
Wendy Davis, a Democratic Senator from Ft. Worth, decided to filibuster the bill. Davis claimed that the bill was a “raw abuse of power.” Supporters of the bill, and of Senator Davis, came decked in Orange shirts, while the Pro-life crowd sported blue.
Sen. Davis, decked with a back brace and bright pink tennis shoes, began her filibuster at approximately 11 in the morning last Tuesday, and after reaching her “third strike”, ended at about 10:20 p.m., enraging the pro-choice crowds. This gave the Senate approximately an hour and a half to pass the bill before the midnight deadline.
According to news reports, an angry pro-abortion mob broke out and hindered voting on the bill. Lt. Governor David Dewhurst had warned the crowd that morning that unruliness and disruptions could land you in jail for 48 hours – this didn’t seem to deter the mob. While the Senate was attempting to regain order so they could vote, President of PPact and Davis supporter, Cecile Richards, tweeted for the crowd to “…Make some noise – louder!”, in essence promoting and encouraging the disruption of the vote.
Police finally began escorting people out of the Senate and order was regained. The bill was voted on, and it passed – but unfortunately, due to the unruly mob, it wasn’t passed until after midnight – 12:03 a.m. – making SB5 a dead bill.
Needless to say, supporters of the bill were not happy. Lt. Governor Dewhurst said Wednesday, “The will of the people of Texas is not going to be thwarted by Obama-style mob tactics. We cannot permit that in the state of Texas.”
Much to the support and happiness of the pro-life movement, Governor Rick Perry announced last Wednesday that he was calling a second special session that would begin on July 1st.
“I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.”
Senator Wendy Davis, along with many other politicians, agree that this bill is a “war against women” but also a bill that the people do not want. According to a Yahoo! News Article, “A new poll on Thursday showed the American public narrowly supports a ban on abortions after 20 weeks except for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest, with 48 percent in favor of a ban, 44 percent opposed and 8 percent unsure. Fifty percent of women surveyed supported such a ban, according to the poll published in the National Journal. It surveyed 1,005 adults from June 20 to 23 and has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points”.
The special session began this past Monday and nothing extremely “out of the ordinary” seemed to take place – until Tuesday. While the Pro-Life group began to sing Amazing Grace, the Pro-abortion crowd began irksomely shouting and chanting “Hail Satan!”
Don’t believe it? Someone was able to catch it on video. Watch in on The Blaze HERE.
Regardless, a “hail Satan” chant seems very irksome for anyone to say, but it’s especially interesting when a group – known for advocating the “mother’s choice” in life or death for a baby – begins to chant it.
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