Abortion Hearing in Texas Forbids Tampons

    July 12, 2013
    Sarah Parrott
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Yes, you read that correctly. The Texas senate is currently debating SB1, a bill that, if enacted, could introduce some of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country, effectively shutting down nearly every clinic in its state. This situation certainly sounds familiar (terrifyingly so) to those who followed the story of Wendy Davis a few weeks ago, the Texas senator who filibustered for eleven hours in order to prevent the bill from passing in to law. After the senate tried to pass the law after midnight and ultimately failed in doing so, a special session was held in the Texas house, which added new limits on Wednesday, placing the bill back in line for debate.

The gallery that attended Wendy Davis’ filibuster was deemed “rowdy” by many, with the large crowd chanting, booing, and cheering throughout the course of the night. One of the most moving and notable moments of the night was the chanting of “Let her speak!” after Wendy Davis’ filibuster had been declared in violation of senate rules. The opposition the bill faced was tremendous, garnering much social media attention and support, especially on Twitter and Tumblr. Despite the backlash, however, the bill has ended up on the table for debate once again.

Apparently, the uproar from the previous session was jarring to those in charge of security. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was quoted as saying on Thursday, “We’re going to have strict enforcement. If there are any demonstrations, we are going to clear the gallery. I hope we don’t get to that point but if we do, we do. This is a democracy and we will not be interrupted from doing the people’s work by an unruly mob.” How interesting that “doing the people’s work” seems to mean silencing the people who don’t agree with politicians that aim to control women’s bodies, at seemingly any cost necessary.

This “beefing up” of security entailed confiscating tampons and pads from purses and individuals before they entered the gallery. This caused a bit of an uproar on Twitter and other social media sites, including Tumblr. The tags #tampongate and #SB1, among others, are flooded with images and tweets relating to the absurd procedure.

It’s worth noting that guns are still allowed into the gallery, as long as they are accompanied by a permit. Officers are saying that they have made no changes to the list of prohibited items, and that they are simply trying to enforce the “rules of decorum.” The writer’s feelings about this subject are best exemplified by a tweet from Jessica Valenti, found below.

  • Name

    There are people serving 30 years in prison for fights that result in no one being permanently harmed, yet a woman can abort a baby and nothing will happen to her. A complete loss of a life and nothing happens. It hypocrisy at its finest.

    Fifty-six million babies have been aborted since 1970. That is a country of babies. A country.

    We have made abortion a male-female issue, when in all reality, it is about life and death. It is simply about the right to live under any circumstance.

    The whole tampon issue is just stupidity, but this is how the police think.

    • Jim Cobbler

      A young foetus is no more alive than a sperm cell (millions die every time people have sex, even if a baby is born); both have the potential to grow into a human being in the right conditions, and both are biologically alive.

      To treat them as sacred and drag a girl into motherhood, and a baby into a world where even its own mother never even wanted it, is a hundred times more damaging to everyone involved, and does no service to anyone: the baby, the mother, the father, the state.

      • Name

        You contradict yourself in the first paragraph.

        Also, how do you know that you are doing the fetus a service by aborting it? You killed it and it will never get a chance to voice its opinion. To use your logic, we should kill everyone who isn’t born into an ideal situation. Why don’t we extend that logic – if our lives become less than ideal, we should just kill ourselves?? Talk to people who are born with handicaps – many are very happy that they are alive.

        It is all just selfishness and a desire to make ones life easier. The problem is that the person that is most impacted — the baby — never gets a say in the matter.

        If someone threatened your life right now, you would fight to the death to remain alive. It is your right to live. That fetus has a right to live.

        It is interesting at a very early stage of development a doctor takes a sample of the internal fluids surrounding the fetus. This is done by use of a needle of course. Well, the fetus can sense the needle and knows that it may be harmed and actively moves away from it. You can see this on a ultrasound quite clearly. The baby, even at its earliest stages, is making a choice to keep itself safe. To keep itself alive.

        Yes, I do view life as sacred.

      • Voice of Reason

        Your thought regarding the sperm and foetus (fetus) is incorrect. I can stick a billion sperm by themselves and it will never develop into a human being. Never in a billion years will it. However, a fetus will develop into a human being. Read more on biology.

        In the end, you are just trying to absolve yourself from the act of killing a developing human being by trying to cling to technicalities and very unrealistic analogies. Technicalities which as I said in the beginning are not accurate by the way.