Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Marva Sadler of Whole Woman’s Health. The organization announced Wednesday that two more reproductive health clinics — one an abortion provider — in underserved areas of Texas wwould close as a result of strict abortion regulations passed by the Legislature last year.
I’m grieving for the women. I know the day after we close our clinic, they’ll call and that line is not going to have anyone on the other end to answer their questions. Where are they going to go? What are they going to do?
Lucy Carreon, the patient advocate at the Whole Women’s Health clinic in McAllen which officially closed its doors on Thursday.
Sometimes on my lunch break, I’ll come back here, and I’ll just sit here. It’s very sad. I can’t believe it.
Rep. Paul Ryan asserting that liberals do not understand that kids who get free lunches at school do not have parents who cared about them at home.
He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the left does not understand.
Donal Trump, saying that the still very much alive former President Jimmy Carter is dead.
I think by next month, we will have surpassed the late, great Jimmy Carter.
State Rep. Bill Zedler and former state Rep. Wayne Christian respectively. Zedler, Christian and two other politicians often aligned with religious-right groups that use faith as a political weapon were among the victims of a Ponzi-like scheme run by a North Texas businessman. It seems they trusted the scammer because he appeared to be a good Christian and “godly man.”
You should have seen his house. He really played up his Christian credentials. On the ceiling there was a dome and around the dome there was a Bible verse. To me, he used that as a way to get us to try to put our guard down.
He put that Christian spin on it, that he was a godly man. He’s still going around to churches playing that game with unsuspecting people after he got off with our money.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, following Tuesday’s primary elections. Patrick grabbed the biggest share of the vote in the Republican lieutenant governor’s race and forced a runoff with the incumbent, David Dewhurst.
I’m never surprised by the power of God.
Jonathan Saenz of the religious-right group Texas Values, on last week’s ruling by a federal judge that the Texas same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
This is the beginning of an epic battle. There’s a strong likelihood that the Fifth Circuit [Court of Appeals] is going to overturn this decision. If Texas’ gay marriage laws are not constitutional, there’s no guarantee that the court won’t open up marriage to polygamy and polyandry.
J. Allen Carnes, a candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner described as one of a few Republicans who did not race to convince voters of his far-right credentials. He finished last in a five-man race for the Republican nomination in last Tuesday’s primary.
Abstinence doesn’t work for cows.
The Rev. William McElvaney, an 85-year-old retired Methodist minister, after performing a same-sex wedding in defiance of the denomination’s ban on the practice.
It is not my intent to politicize this service, but suffice to say that George and Jack are offering a gift, an invitation and a challenge to the United Methodist Church to become a fully inclusive church.
Peter Morrison, the pro-secession and race-baiting treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party in southeast Texas, portraying white Christians as victims of an increasingly diverse American electorate.
The Cultural Marxists who infiltrated the West did not delude themselves with the idea that they would achieve a bloody revolution overnight. They committed themselves to a ‘long march through the institutions’ of our society, determined to undermine the Christian, Anglo-American bedrock of this country from within. They attacked our faith and morality with materialistic evolution and pseudoscientific psychological theories from the likes of Sigmund Freud. They attacked our history with a vicious revisionism, a history written by sore losers instead of celebrating the triumph of the explorers, colonists and pioneers in conquering and civilizing an untamed continent. Only after long years of these efforts of worming themselves into the institutions, both public and private, did their investments start to pay dividends.
Bonus: Members of the Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter at the University of Texas-Pan American joined Thursday’s vigil in McAllen to mark the closing of the Whole Woman’s Health clinic.