Department of Public Safety officers in Austin forced women to throw out tampons and maxi pads before entering the Senate Gallery, where Texas legislators are primed to vote on a devastating abortion bill (HB 2 / SB 1).
Here's the Burnt Orange Report:
Women are being forced to throw out tampons and maxi pads to enter the Senate gallery, which has been confirmed by DPS. That's right: menstruating women are being denied entry to the Senate gallery unless they throw out their supplies.
However, people with concealed handgun licenses are allowed to bypass long lines to enter the Gallery through the expedited CHL entrance, and per DPS, if a person has a CHL, they can take their gun into the gallery.
A Texas woman hands over a tampon in order to enter the Senate gallery. Picture courtesy of the Burnt Orange Report.
Texas is moving to effectively ban abortion in the state by closing all but five clinics in Texas, which will make it virtually impossible for many women to seek medical abortions.
As it does so, I cannot think of a more appropriate metaphor for the GOP's priorities.
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