In case you didn’t see them in our previous post, check out these sneering tweets this afternoon from Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams. Adams is referring to the orange-clad activists who have swarmed the Texas Capitol over the past two days in opposition to legislation interfering in the private medical decisions women make about when or whether to have children. Adams refers to those activists as “stinky stalking feminists” and “feminazis.” But she isn’t the only religious-righter who has resorted to degrading rhetoric over the past couple of days. Last night state Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Houston, called opponents of the proposed anti-abortion bills “pro-death” and suggested that they are worse than Nazis who murdered Jews.

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We just received word that Texas Freedom Network founder and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is on a plane bound for Austin to join the fight against the far right’s war on women at the Texas Capitol. We are told Cecile will speak Tuesday morning at a rally against Senate Bill 5 and other efforts by far-right politicians to interfere with women’s private medical decisions.

Events are moving quickly. Keep checking TFN’s Facebook page (facebook.comtexasfreedomnetwork), our Twitter account (@TFN) or Planned Parenthood as details become available.

And if you’re not angry enough about the religious right’s outrageous attacks on women’s health care at the Capitol, check out these sneering tweets this afternoon from Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams:

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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… Read More

As the nation focuses on concerns like jobs and health care, congressional Republicans have turned their attention to a favorite cause of right-wing culture warriors: banning abortion. So on Monday, Texas Congressman Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, offered his reasons for why the U.S. House of Representatives should pass a new anti-abortion bill that bars women from having the procedure at any point 20 weeks after conception:

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movements that are purposeful. They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?”

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After last year’s embarrassments, how is it possible that right-wing politicians still say such profoundly ignorant things about rape? We sure don’t know. But Congressman Trent Franks, R-Ariz., did it again today. He was explaining why his proposed legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy shouldn’t have exceptions for rape and incest. From the Washington Post:

“The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low,” Franks said.

Franks continued: “But when you make that exception, there’s usually a requirement to report the rape within 48 hours. And in this case that’s impossible because this is in the sixth month of gestation. And that’s what completely negates and vitiates the purpose of such an amendment.”

Democrats on the committee, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), responded by pointing to similar comments made by then-Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) in his 2012 Senate campaign. Akin suggested that the female body can prevent pregnancy from occurring after a “legitimate rape” — a claim that is not backed up by scientific research and for which Akin apologized.

“I just find it astonishing to hear a phrase repeated that the incidence of pregnancy from rape is low,” Lofgren said. “There’s no scientific… Read More