For 13 hours last night, Texas State Rep. Wendy Davis filibustered legislation that would close almost all of Texas's abortion clinics, but next Monday, she needs to stand strong again. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, expressing a desire to “protect women and the unborn,” has announced that the legislature will hold a special session on July 1st. Noting that “too much important work remains undone,” Perry said, “We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.” The session will consider the regulation of abortion procedures, providers, and facilities, along with infrastructure funding, and a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old.
Rick Perry Via:
"I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do."
Translation, Perry is calling another special session in an effort to ram the GOP's draconian abortion restrictions into law, regardless of the actual desires of Texas voters.
Think Progress reported on a recent poll:
"Texas voters don’t actually want any more restrictions on abortion in their state. After conducting a survey among a representative sample of state residents between June 17 and 19, the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (GQR) found that 63 percent of registered voters think the Lone Star State already has enough anti-abortion laws on the books. Seventy one percent think the legislature should be more focused on the economy and jobs instead of social policies to police women’s reproductive rights."
"Nearly three quarters of respondents said that personal medical decisions about whether to have an abortion should be made by a woman and her doctor, not by politicians. Fifty seven percent said they don’t trust the Governor or the legislature to make choices about women’s health care. And that opposition cuts across party lines: The support for women to make their own reproductive decisions remains strong among both Independents (76 percent) and Republicans (61 percent)."
But we know well of the GOP's aversion to facts.