Right-Wing Smears and Ignorance Highlight Abortion Fight at Texas Capitol

by Dan Quinn

As the Texas House of Representatives considered extreme anti-abortion legislation on Sunday, orange-clad opponents packed the House gallery and Capitol rotunda to demand that politicians stay out of women’s private medical decisions. They far outnumbered blue-wearing anti-abortion activists at the Capitol, a fact that bothered state Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Houston, one of the Legislature’s most extreme religious-righters. Riddle wrote this vicious Facebook post around 7:30 p.m.:

“This is a tough fight – the Gallery is full of orange shirts – very few blue – orange are the ones I call Pro-death. I am Pro-life – so they must be Pro-death. A human is a human prior to birth just as it is human after it is born. We have killed 50 million babies after Roe v Wade. Hitler killed 6 million people.”

We wonder if Riddle also thinks the folks at the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Hospital Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are “pro-death” because of their opposition to Sunday’s legislation. Medical professionals rightly get upset when they see politicians interfering in the patient-doctor relationship.

Perhaps one reason to oppose such interference is that politicians often don’t know what in the world they’re talking when it comes to medical matters. Exhibit A: State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, in arguing against adding exceptions for rape and incest to a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, bizarrely claimed that “in the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out.” We don’t know whether Laubenberg is really that clueless or just figured her audience was. Her comment was appalling in any case. As was Riddle’s vile slander.

Do you think politicians have an unnatural interest in the private lives and medical decisions of Texans? Then join our campaign — www.tfn.org/cupidorstupid — to force politicians to mind their own business on issues like birth control, marriage and sex education.

UPDATE:
Rep. Riddle appears to have taken down her Facebook post — but too late. Here’s a screen capture of the post on her Facebook page Sunday night:

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