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Rick Perry'€™s memory is so bad... How bad is it? It'€™s so bad he couldn't remember the two-count felony indictment filed by a grand jury against him. I wonder why that is, maybe it'€™s because he'€™s preoccupied with his (and the GOP'€™s) continual war on women by taking away a woman'€™s right to a safe abortion.  


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.

The state vowed to quickly appeal Friday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin, who cited other rules GOP lawmakers have recently passed in his decision to throw out requirements that clinics meet hospital operating standards.

Those prior abortion restrictions include mandatory sonograms and a 24-hour waiting period after a woman first seeks out an abortion.

"These substantial obstacles have reached a tipping point," Yeakel wrote in a 21-page opinion.

Yeakel sided with clinics that sued over one of the most disputed measures of a sweeping anti-abortion bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. The ruling stops new clinic requirements that would have left seven abortion facilities in Texas come Monday, when the law was set to take effect.

Texas currently has 19 abortion providers — already down from more than 40 just two years ago, according to groups that sued the state for the second time over the law known as HB2.

The ruling blocks a portion of the that law would have required abortion facilities in Texas to have operating rooms, air filtration systems and other costly additions that are typically only mandated in surgical settings.

"I am truly disappointed in today's ruling that undermines a concerted effort to improve health care for women in Texas by raising the standard of care in abortion clinics," Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said.

Yeakel, however, concluded the intent was only to "close existing licensed abortion clinics."

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican who is the favorite to become governor next year, said he would seek an immediate appeal to try to preserve the new clinic rules.

Clinics called the measures a backdoor effort to outlaw abortions, which has been a constitutional right since the Roe v. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973.


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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    A search for truth will find injustice!

    by thinkingblue on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:42:18 AM PDT

  •  That's right, Abbott (6+ / 0-)

    I think you ought to appeal immediately. Then I think you should take your he-man woman haters club show on the road and tell Texas women that it's for their own good and that you know what's best for us. You've got a penis, after all and that gives you the almost divine right to tell Texas women what reproductive and medical procedures they are able to access, whether otherwise legal or not. Do it now. When Wendy Davis is elected, you can write a book about what ungrateful hussies we all are.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 05:26:44 AM PDT

    •  These cowards of conviction never tip their hand (1+ / 0-)
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      regarding the real motives until they are in office.  And then, WHAMO.....  Out comes the devastating legislation without any regard to moral or ethical conviction of having not inform the voting public about their intended motives.  It isn't lying, it's just not telling the constituency the complete truth about their stand on the issues.  They hide behind the smug justification of "if you don't ask, then I am not obligated to tell you".

      We found out the hard way with our elected low life, cowardly governor McCrory of NC.

      “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

      by LamontCranston on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 05:46:28 AM PDT

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    •  Didn't Abbott just cancel (weasel out of) a (1+ / 0-)
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      debate against Wendy Davis?  Pity now that he might be tainted by association with his Master's abuse of power felony conviction.  And the fact that a Republican judge just declared Texas' abortion law unconstitutional?  That might be a little embarrassing for him, too.  

      A word to the wise is sufficient. Republicans need at least a paragraph.

      by d3clark on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 06:38:15 AM PDT

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  •  Rick Perry's memory is so bad... (3+ / 0-)
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    he forgot to authorize pay and food for Texas National Guardsmen that he called up to defend the Rio Grande against immigrant babies.  Some Guardsmen have to go to local food banks to get enough food to eat, strapping locals who need food.  Multiple calls to the Governor and his staff were not returned.  Guess he forgot about the calls, too.

    He forgot which cabinet departments he wanted to close after railing about them for weeks in the Presidential debates.

    He forgot where he was.  "Touting Texas, Perry declared, “There are many other states that embrace those conservative values, the approach we’ve taken over the years. I’m in one today – Florida.”
    “We’re in Louisiana,” someone shouted."

    He kinda remembered that:   "I’ve been indicted by that same body now for I think two counts, one of bribery, which I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t really understand the details here," he said, as quoted by ABC News on Friday.   [Don't understand the details?  Simple.  The Grand Jury thinks that there is adequate evidence against you so that you should be tried on these Felony charges.]

    In actuality, Perry was indicted on one count of "abuse of official capacity" and one count of "coercion of a public servant." Not bribery."    I wonder why "bribery" was what he thought he had been indicted on?  Maybe there have been some issues with bribery in his past.  There certainly have been issues involving honesty.  along with several other memory issues.

    Lotsa memory issues with Rick; maybe some deliberate.  

    Doesn't look like the new glasses improved either his memory, his IQ. or his luck.

    A word to the wise is sufficient. Republicans need at least a paragraph.

    by d3clark on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 06:26:36 AM PDT

  •  Great Comments Here (0+ / 0-)

    Dailykos where you will get intelligent, common sense, conversation... thank you

    A search for truth will find injustice!

    by thinkingblue on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 09:27:57 AM PDT

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