1) On Tuesday, Republican House members introduced a bill to ban abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy. It’s the most restrictive abortion measure to come before the House in years.
2) The Republican sponsor of this bill, Trent Franks, said the reason the original bill made no exception for rape was because the incidence of pregnancy after rape was “very low.”
3) On Monday, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) said abortion should be banned as early as 15 weeks after conception because he has seen male fetuses masturbate at that stage. Yes, you read that right. Yes, he is a doctor. No word on whether he thinks those male fetuses should be taught anything about masturbation when they’re out of the womb. Or whether he realizes that masturbation, especially in this particular instance, is a non-procreative sex act.
4) In New York, one of the first states to legalize abortion and the unofficial badass feminist capital of the world, the 10-part Women’s Equality Act is being derailed by two “independent” Democrats who caucus with Republicans. They want to introduce a bill that excludes any abortion legislation to give their anti-choice buddies political cover. Governor Cuomo fears they’ll succeed. The session ends Thursday. *Update: The NY State Assembly passed the full 10 points of the Women’s Equality Agenda on Thursday! Today’s the LAST day for the Dems holding the bill hostage to bring it to the floor in the Senate. The women of New York deserve a vote. Call today, and make sure they bring all 10 points to the floor for a vote! (518) 455-2800, then tell a friend!
5) The Texas Senate approved a measure that would tighten restrictions on abortion clinics, late on Tuesday night. Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst tweeted his excitement about shutting down the clinics down. *Update: Pro-choice Texans are storming the capital! While the bill’s supporters were rushing to get the vote in before the last day of the special session (called especially to pass this bill), . Over 700 Texans traveled to Austin on Thursday to testify against the anti-abortion measure before it could come to a vote in the House — and their “people’s filibuster” successfully prevented the legislation from advancing.
Jodi is a freelance writer and recovering academic with more enthusiasm for sports than athletic talent and a prodigious taste for the health food known as dark chocolate.