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Greg Abbott is against birth control, and he’s not trying to hide it from anyone.

After yesterday’s SCOTUS decision ruling that Hobby Lobby did not have to sponsor contraception healthcare for its employees, the Republican Gubernatorial candidate immediately rejoiced at the notion of a legal company gaining the right to discriminate against women on “religious grounds”.  Per the tweet above, here’s his comment on the decision…

Great day for religious freedom & protecting life in the Hobby Lobby #SCOTUS decision. #tcot@TexasGOP

In case you’ve forgot, this guy is running for Governor, with the election to be held on November 4th of this year.  If he support this decision that strongly, what does that mean for women’s healthcare in the state of Texas?  If Greg Abbott considers denying contraception to women as “protecting life”, then would he be willing to sign a bill banning  contraception across the state??

At this point, we just don’t know the answer to that.  Abbott has been very careful to never reveal his true thoughts on a range of women’s health services, including contraception and abortion.  Here’s more from KHOU

Abbott — a disciplined, on-message campaigner — dodges questions about just how far his opposition to abortion goes.

Questioned about whether he would support or oppose legislation banning abortions for rape or incest victims, Abbott avoids the question.

“Well, I’m pro-life,” he said during an interview after a campaign appearance in Houston. “And even under the laws that were passed by the Texas Legislature in this session that will be signed by the governor and that I’ll be defending in court, a woman is going to have five months to make a decision about having an abortion regardless of how that child was conceived. We’re working for a day when we’re actually protecting both the lives of the innocent unborn but also to protect the lives of the women who carry those children.”

When pressed again to directly answer the question, he dodges it.

“I support the legislation that was passed by the state Legislature during this special session, that the governor is going to sign into law and that I will be defending in court,” he said. “The battle is moving from the statehouse to the courthouse. And this is a law that is going to do even more to protect life in the state of Texas.”

Abbott’s precise position on abortion has been difficult to pin down. No question he’s very much on the pro-life side of the political spectrum, but it’s hard to determine exactly where on the spectrum his beliefs lie.

On the day after he declared for governor, the Houston Chronicle published a column in which veteran political reporter Peggy Fikac asked Abbott whether he would allow an exception in anti-abortion legislation to save the life of a mother.

“In a way, but you’re in a way kind of mischaracterizing the word,” he said. “It’s not like an exception. What both the medical community needs to do, and the pro-life community supports, is doing everything we can to protect the life of the mother.”

It’s hard to make sense of such vague platitudes, which should serve as a red flag to voters this November.  If Greg Abbott supports a SCOTUS decision where Hobby Lobby essentially bans contraception, would he support banning contraception in the state of Texas?  Could the use of birth control become a crime in the Lone Star State?  These are questions that we are going to need answers to, and we better start asking them before it’s too late.  He shouldn’t be allowed to run for Governor and also run away from these issues.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Check out my blog http://texasleftist.blogspot.com/

    by TexasLeftist on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 08:29:56 AM PDT

  •  A ban on contraception would get struck down (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib

    admittedly it would probably be a 7-2 or 6-3 decision.

  •  Diary not accurate (3+ / 0-)
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    VClib, Gooserock, Ahianne
    a SCOTUS decision where Hobby Lobby essentially bans contraception,
    Not at all.

    The Hobby Lobby owners and their ilk feel that life begins at conception.  They agree to pay for birth control that prevents conception.  They do not want to pay for birth control that prevents a zygote, a fertilized egg, from implanting on the uterine wall.  They consider that to be abortion.

    Others (almost everybody including the medical profession) consider that pregnancy begins with implantation.

    Please get your diary accurate.

    •  And what about the next corp down the pike? (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, BlackSheep1

      That DOESNT want to pay for ANY contraception, because it goes against their 'sincerely held' fee fees?
      Or maternal care, if youre just a tramp who got knocked up outside of marriage?

    •  Furthermore It's Long Been Known That Some (1+ / 0-)
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      forms of birth control do not prevent penetrated eggs from implanting, but the RW insists contrary to the truth that they do.

      Of course the Catholic Church teaches that all artificial BC is the moral equivalent of abortion.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 09:17:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Oh, no -- FP diary today: SCOTUS says (0+ / 0-)

      ALL BC methods sensitive to this ruling.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 11:47:53 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  He needs to be asked "Would you ban abortion (0+ / 0-)

    if you could? Yes or no?"

    If he can't give a yes-or-no answer, Texans will know exactly what kind of politician he is.

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding"

    by Bob Love on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 08:47:33 AM PDT

  •  TexasLeftist - this is settled law (0+ / 0-)

    No governor can ban birth control. First, even the Texas legislature wouldn't pass such legislation. The governor can't do it by himself. And this is long settled law. It would be immediately struck down by the first federal judge that had the case.

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 09:07:28 AM PDT

    •  There is NO settled law according the the (1+ / 0-)
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      FIVE evil SCOTUS.

      The law depends on what evil rich white men want, today.

      I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 09:21:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  In this case there is (0+ / 0-)

        "let's talk about that" uid 92953

        by VClib on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 09:49:11 AM PDT

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        •  You're missing a2nite's point (1+ / 0-)
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          This Supreme Court is willing to ignore stare decisis altogether in order to reach whatever decision they want.

          We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

          by Samer on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 11:02:22 AM PDT

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          •  No I'm not (0+ / 0-)

            I understand the concept, that settled law can be overturned by any five Justices of the Supreme Court. But in this case there are no current Justices who would ban contraception so it is in fact settled law. And the first federal judge that saw the case would rule it unconstitutional and it would end right there. Even if it was appealed the law would be stayed during the appeal process. The entire notion is absurd. Even the Texas legislature wouldn't propose an abortion ban. The diary is an embarrassment.

            Now, if we want to talk about abortion legislation, that's an entirely different subject.

            "let's talk about that" uid 92953

            by VClib on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 11:22:23 AM PDT

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            •  Don't be so damn sure (0+ / 0-)

              They're ABSOLUTELY playing the old salami game - you know, the one we used to be warned about regarding the "Communists".

              First they take a little slice, but not enough to be worth fighting over. Then they come back for another...and another...and another...and eventually you're holding nothing but the string, and that isn't worth fighting over either.

              If it's
              Not your body,
              Then it's
              Not your choice
              And it's
              None of your damn business!

              by TheOtherMaven on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 02:19:36 PM PDT

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            •  VCLib: they have and it was upheld on appeal (1+ / 0-)
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              http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/...

              Don't believe for a second they won't try to expand it.

              LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

              by BlackSheep1 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 03:50:58 PM PDT

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              •  BlackSheep - there is an error in my comment (1+ / 0-)
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                The sentence should have read "Even the Texas legislature wouldn't propose a contraceptive ban". As the following sentence notes I said that if we were discussing abortion, it would be a very different.

                "let's talk about that" uid 92953

                by VClib on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 07:26:25 PM PDT

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    •  Any Sentence that begins with "Even the Texas (0+ / 0-)

      legislature wouldn't" needs to be re-thought.  

      "Even the Texas legislature wouldn't cut $5.4 billion dollars from public schools."

      "Even the Texas legislature wouldn't force women's health providers across the state to close."  

      Umm, they've done both of those things so far.  Given the right electoral environment (you know... one where they are DESPARATE for every TEApublican vote they can get because they know the realities of changing demographics are against them) the Texas Legislature is capable of virtually anything.  

      But the difference in having Davis as Governor versus Abbott?  Davis can veto all of their stupid crap.  

      Check out my blog http://texasleftist.blogspot.com/

      by TexasLeftist on Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 08:47:32 AM PDT

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  •  No, he's not "pro-life." Anyone who gloats over (0+ / 0-)

    a decision that will without question result in more abortions is not "pro-life."

    Ted Cruz president? Pardon my Vietnamese, but Ngo Pho King Way.

    by ZedMont on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 12:08:38 PM PDT

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