Thursday, July 11, 2013

John Davis Votes Against Women

Update: The Texas Senate Friday night just before midnight passed likely the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. We expect local Texas Senator Larry Taylor voted for the law, but the Senate is not yet releasing the vote record.

As local politician John Davis voted along with the extreme right for stopping women from controlling their own bodies, recent Texas polls show that support for access to abortion is acceptable to a majority of Texans. The Texas Tribune and University of Texas did a survey in June with results showing that Texas, despite being a red state, has very nuanced opinions. For instance, the poll said,"
The divide on abortion — evident in past UT/TT polls — persists. Forty-six percent of Texas voters say it should never be permitted or permitted only in cases involving incest, rape or when the woman's life is in danger. On the other hand, 49 percent say it should be allowed after the need for an abortion has been clearly established, or that the choice should be completely left to the woman. Within those numbers, 16 percent said abortion should never be allowed, and 36 percent said that a woman should always be able to get an abortion as a matter of personal choice.

Nevertheless, Davis voted to close 36 of the 42 abortion clinics in Texas, requiring abortions only in ambulatory surgical centers and requiring doctors to have admitting priviledges at a hospital within 30 miles. In addition, Davis voted to restrict usage of the RU-486 Plan B pill.

UT/Texas Tribune Survey

Bill King in today's Chronicle said, "A recent summary of its polling on the subject released by Gallup shows that a little fewer than a quarter of Americans think that abortion should either be completely restricted or completely illegal. A little more than half of Americans think it should be legal but with some restrictions. And those percentages have changed little since 1973."


  1. Galveston County Daily News published an op-ed this morning titled "Physicians' voices are drowned out by the uproar" (the medical community is universally opposed to the proposed new abortion restrictions). That content is behind the paywall so I'm guessing that the majority of your readers can't access it. If it's OK with you guys, I'd like to reproduce a copy of my thread comments below, because I think that this is a profoundly important issue.

    It's been years since we've had the kind of rallying and photo ops we're now seeing. The photos tell the tale in a way words will never be able to: these proposed bills have nothing whatsoever to do with science, medical ethics, or small government. This is about the social imposition of one particular religious belief and nothing more.

    Look at all those photos of the blue shirts holding their crosses and crucifixes aloft, their lapel pins, their carvings, their dioramas of the Virgin, and other symbols. They will bludgeon the balance of our society with those religious icons to the maximum extent that they can get away with, because this is solely about a particular religious interpretation.

    And here's the real irony of that: the medical community is not the only voice missing from the dialog. Many of the Christian fundamentalists themselves, specifically the Bible literalists, are also opposed on the grounds that the Bible doesn't say anything about abortion. Therefore it is a matter for God to judge rather than mankind, and any mortal who attempts to intervene is guilty of treading on God's sacred authority.

    I've had members of that Christian group explain that to me in private, but they won't state it publicly because they know that they would become the targets of a particularly vengeful wrath at the hands of those other so-called Christians who would declare them to be the ultimate betrayers of the faith. Because, of course, they are not entitled to their Christian interpretations, just as people of other faiths are also not entitled to their own faith-based interpretations (check out the Jewish tradition, just for openers).

    In sum, this entire situation is bat-excrement crazy.

    1. Yes, you're absolutely right. The picture on the chron's front page this morning showed exactly what you say in your post. Thanks for the comment!