Tuesday afternoon, signing an executive order banning masks mandates in any part of the Lone Star State, Governor Greg Abbott declared, “Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices.”
Wednesday morning, the Texas Republican didn’t even try to restrain his glee as he signed an abortion ban bill into law, surrounded by about 50 men and only eight women (almost if not all appeared to be white.)
“Our creator endowed us with the right to life,” said Abbott, who has a law degree from Vanderbilt University, “and yet, millions of children lose their right to life every year, because of abortion.”
Nationwide, abortion rates have plummeted. A 2019 study, USAToday reported, found abortion rates to be the lowest since 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared women have a right to choose an abortion. The reason is not laws like the one Abbott is signing, but because of fewer pregnancies, likely due to greater availability of contraception and comprehensive (not abstinence-only) sex education.
Abbott is lying that there are “millions” of abortions every year. USA Today reports there were 862,000 abortions in 2017. The last year one million abortions were recorded was 2011. The highest was in 1990, with 1.6 million.
Abbott signed the anti-abortion bill into law. It bans abortion at six weeks, which is unconstitutional. It also offers no exception for rape or incest.
Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) signs a law banning abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat, as early as 6 weeks:
“… the life of every unborn child who has a heartbeat will be saved from the ravages of abortion.” pic.twitter.com/FEhixT78en
— The Recount (@therecount) May 19, 2021
“Before the pandemic,” NPR reported last July, “Texas already had the highest rate and largest number of people without health insurance in the country. And 20 percent of all uninsured children in the U.S. live in Texas.”
“This year the coverage gap in Texas has only gotten worse: 29 percent of Texas adults under 65 don’t currently have health insurance.”
Abbott was quickly mocked, but the expansion of far right religious extremism overtaking the country is no laughing matter.
A new season of The Handmaid’s Tale dropped? https://t.co/nsNguy1EAF
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) May 19, 2021
Real handmaid’s tale shit right here https://t.co/izBxNNml75
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 19, 2021
This will end well Texas, or should I say Gilead. pic.twitter.com/C3ViHISXY9
— SheaCat (@TheSheaCat) May 19, 2021
And Texas wa one of only 2 states to execute someone during the pandemic.
— James C. McGowan (@jamsmcgowan) May 19, 2021
According the the NIH, most women under 30 do not even know that they are pregnant till they are 6-7 weeks along. Over 30 that drops to 5 weeks, mostly because they are actively trying to get pregnant.
— FinallyBackToReality (@CannotReality) May 19, 2021
I give Handmaid’s Tale becoming real life maybe 10 years. This is absurd.
— Erick🗽 (@ErickJ33) May 19, 2021
I get what you’re saying to an extent. But the heartbeat bill’s architect is Janet Porter from Faith2Action, the pro-life movement wouldn’t work without women. Women are playing major roles in this legislation, you just don’t see them on evening news.
— edward teach (@QueenAnneRevnge) May 19, 2021
Too bad you’re not ensuring the ability of Texans to not die of hypothermia in their beds and on their streets next winter. Or the ability of mothers to not die in childbirth. Or the ability of teenage girls to access birth control. Shall I continue?
— Cari Marshall (@CariMarshallTX) May 19, 2021
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Jan. 6 Rally Attending Lawmaker Wants ‘One Nation Under God’ Decals Put on School Buses to Root Out ‘Communists’
More than a week before incoming Glenn Youngkin is sworn in as governor of Virginia, a Republican lawmaker who attended the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the Capitol riot has introduced a bill to put God on school buses.
Delegate Marie March has introduced House Bill 113, which “permits local school boards, notwithstanding any regulation to the contrary, to display on the sides and rear of public school buses decals containing the motto ‘In God We Trust’ or the phrase ‘One Nation Under God,’ provided that no such decal obstructs the name of the school division or the number of the school bus.”
March made waves in southwest Virginia after traveling to Jan. 6 for Trump’s rally seeking to overturn the 2020 election.
“At least two local restaurant owners are facing backlash for attending President Trump’s rally in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday,” WSLS-TV reported one year ago today. “A Christiansburg business owner is also taking heat. Marie March owns Fatback Soul Shack and Due South. She also attended the rally.”
March addressed her attendance in a statement issued to The Daily Beast, claiming she left before Trump’s speech ended.
“I apologize for nothing, I regret nothing,” March said.
March has said her school bus bill will expose communists.
“If there are communists in the House of Delegates, let’s figure out who they are,” March said.
Watch: MAGA Congressional Candidate Calls for All Laws ‘Contrary to God’s Word’ to Be Overturned
Mark Burns, a MAGA pastor who is running for Congress in South Carolina, is an unabashed Christian nationalist who openly declares that “any policy that is contrary to the word of God” needs to be made illegal.
MAGA pastor Mark Burns, who is running for Congress in South Carolina, says that “this is a Christian nation and any policy that is contrary to the word of God, we need to remove it from mainstream America and make it illegal.” pic.twitter.com/4j8oxoavhg
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) November 18, 2021
Burns appeared on the Real America’s Voice program “The Water Cooler” Monday, where he proclaimed that “the gospel of Jesus Christ should be [at] the center of American politics.” When asked by host David Brody what he meant by that, Burns declared that “any law that is against the word of God” must be overturned.
“Laws that are contrary to God’s word that are actively legal or laws today need to be overturned,” Burns said. “Any law that is against the word of God, that is clearly against what God has said in his word—in a nation that is a Christian nation, a nation that has the majority of citizens who actively believe that Jesus is the Messiah, that he is coming back again with omnipotent power in his hands—if it’s against the word of God and it’s actively a law today, then it should be overturned. We should have a moral compass, and right now in America, we’re losing that moral compass. The liberal left is slowly [chipping] away.”
Burns was a proponent of the movement to keep former President Donald Trump in power. He has made numerous calls for war, including on the eve of the Capitol insurrection when he riled up Trump loyalists at a Stop the Steal rally by telling them, “We’re ready to do war!”
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is published here by permission.
Watch: Far Right Anti-Vaxx Pastor Just Can’t Understand Why There Are No ‘Big Democrats’ Who Have Died From COVID
Far right wing pastor Kent Christmas, famous for his anti-LGBTQ remarks, is now seemingly embracing a conspiracy theory, telling parishioners no “big Democrats” have died from COVID and asking them, “Doesn’t that make you wonder?”
Christmas is a pro-Trump anti-vaxxer who back in August claimed Christians should not get vaccinated because “the law of God supersedes the law of men.”
Now he’s saying no “big Democrats” or billionaires have died of the coronavirus, and he’s correct – but for reasons that appear to escape him.
“I can’t think of one big Democrat that’s died from the Coronavirus,” he says in video posted by Friendly Atheist’s Hemant Mehta. “I can’t think of one billionaire that’s died of Coronavirus. Bill Gates is fine. George Soros is fine,” he adds, as an parishioner can be heard saying, “You’re right.”
“Biden’s fine. He’s 80 years old and half dead anyway,” the pastor added, to laughter and applause. “Rupert Murdoch’s fine. The CEOs of Vanguard and Berkshire Hathaway and State City and Mark Zuckerberg – they’re just fine.”
“Doesn’t that make you wonder?” he asks, as audience members agree.
Christmas has claimed gay people die by suicide at a high rate because they feel guilty about being gay, and blamed a “demonic spirit that comes after our seed” for the increase in people who identify as LGBTQ.
Here he is not comprehending the power of COVID vaccines:
“I can’t think of one big Democrat that’s died from the coronavirus…”
Pastor Kent Christmas is so close to figuring it out.
Instead, he’s going with a conspiracy theory. pic.twitter.com/hWe3bYxT78
— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) December 2, 2021
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