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  •  Republished to TexKos (24+ / 0-)

    Where we always imagine that we've seen the worst... And we're always mistaken.  Thanks for a disturbing diary on a subject of interest to many of our 25 million Lone Star State citizens.  

    Some drink deeply from the river of knowledge. Others only gargle. -- Woody Allen

    by cassandracarolina on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 07:42:45 PM PDT

    •  Thanks, but I went to TK with it first (15+ / 0-)

      This is a dangerous precedent, cassandra. It's bad enough fighting them in the Lege, but now they're sneaking in the back door like burglars.

      A friend suggested that since we're all stakeholders, we should be entitled to put one through their heart -- but we'd have to find it first.

      "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." -- Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

      by moiv on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 07:47:00 PM PDT

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      •  illegal: HIPAA violation, and also.... (3+ / 0-)
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        Ahianne, skohayes, Dirk McQuigley

        ... arguably exposes women to retaliation from rapists and stalkers who made them pregnant in the first place, since in small towns it will be possible to ascertain identity from information provided.  

        This will get shot down quickly, all it will take is a team of smart lawyers.

        "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 11:05:11 PM PDT

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        •  I so hope so (4+ / 0-)
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          but that's what everyone said about the sonogram law. Unfortunately, Texas falls under the purview of the Fifth Circuit, which has never seen an abortion-related restriction that it didn't love to pieces.

          "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." -- Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

          by moiv on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 11:11:39 PM PDT

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          •  a sonogram law just got shot down in... (0+ / 0-)

            .... Oklahoma, by the state supreme court.  And while state rulings don't carry federal precedent, they do begin to influence judges in other jurisdictions.  Unless of course they're anti-abortion religious right kooks, in which case you'll need to look for other methods.  

            One thing that might be worthwhile is an "underground railroad" type of operation, that seeks out clinics in adjacent states and drives women to those clinics in groups.  Get the doctors in Texas in the loop on this one by having them refer women to the underground railroad.  

            Strategically, this sets up for the wingers in Texas to try to pass laws banning that sort of thing, but as soon as it involves crossing state lines, it's instantly a federal case.  From the 5th Ckt it goes to the USSC, which so far has been unwilling to overturn Roe.   Meanwhile we get Obama re-elected and look forward to his next pick for USSC, and attempt to use time to our advantage.

            BTW, please try to talk some sense into Agent99, who is flagrantly breaking site rules by advocating violence against legislators over this.  His/her outrage is understandable, but there are ways to express it that don't risk getting insta-banned, and there are much more effective means of protest than by swinging baseball bats and tire irons at legislators.

            "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

            by G2geek on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 01:05:04 AM PDT

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    •  Unholy alliance between money and Evangelicals (6+ / 0-)

      in TX.

      I lived in Dallas and saw it all via my daughter's school. The Republican monied would dress in their finest as they went to the Planned Parenthood luncheon with Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Laura Bush. The Evangelicals would sneer at the morality of the monied as they joined their hands with an unholy alliance.

      Someone once told me they vote for Republicans over money . . . "When it comes to social issues, my family has the money to jump a plane to Sweden for an abortion. It's the taxes."

      I'm guessing the Planned Parenthood luncheon isn't the Dallas Republican "Ladies" chic designation anymore since the Komen bs and the War on Women. And I'm guessing that the monied TX Republican women won't say a word. They will vote the tax, as they always have, and fly to Sweden.

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