When Texas lawmakers passed some of the nation’s most extreme anti-abortion legislation one year ago, they agued they were simply trying to protect women’s health. Abortion facilities were unsafe for women, they said. New regulations, such as requiring clinics providing abortion care to be ambulatory surgical centers and their doctors to have admitting privileges at area hospitals, they insisted, were intended to protect women’s health.

They lied. We said so then. The facts a year later show we were right.

Health experts last year pointed out repeatedly that the new regulations were medically unnecessary. Here’s how the Texas Tribune explained it last September:

(A) Texas Tribune review of state inspection records for 36 abortion clinics from the year preceding the lawmakers’ vote turned up little evidence to suggest the facilities were putting patients in imminent danger. State auditors identified 19 regulatory violations that they said presented a risk to patient safety at six abortion clinics that are not ambulatory surgical centers in Texas. None was severe enough to warrant financial penalties, according to the Department of State Health Services, which deemed the facilities’ corrective action plans sufficient to protect patients.

And between 2008 and 2013, the Texas Medical… Read More

Earlier today, San Antonio Express-News reporter Kolten Parker live-tweeted a meeting of the paper’s editorial board with the three Republican candidates in the state Senate District 25 race.

Here’s a picture:

At @mySA editorial board meeting with @DonnaCampbellTX, Mike Novak and @Elisa_Chan, candidates for #SD25 #txlege pic.twitter.com/Vk7VHRmgeh

— Kolten Parker (@KoltenParker) January 24, 2014

The contest is between incumbent state Sen. Donna Campbell, former San Antonio city councilor Elisa Chan and former Bexar County commissioner Mike Novak.

At one point, Sen. Campbell said this:

Campbell, who has four adopted children, says removing barriers to adoption is a social issue she plans to work on #txlege

— Kolten Parker (@KoltenParker) January 24, 2014

An overwhelming majority of Texans would likely be in favor of Sen. Campbell’s plan. Who could possible be against making it easier for parentless children to find a loving home?

But then, a follow-up question:

Should gay couples be allowed to adopt? Chan: No, Campbell: No, Novak: I'm not the judge #txlege

— Kolten Parker (@KoltenParker) January 24, 2014

And there you have… Read More

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