Looks like we're going to have a fetal pain law on the books here in Texas. Quick question: Is there any other medical procedure that is this regulated? Additional quick question: If men were the ones who got pregnant, would these fights over abortion be happening?
But I digress...
At this announcement with the Governor was a future legislator who is going to be a never ending source of jokes, State Sen. Donna Campbell:
“How tragic to think that these babies suffer pain, a cruel and unnatural death, for simply being unwanted while they’re in the womb,” said incoming state Sen. Donna Campbell, a Tea Party Republican from New Braunfels who was also on hand in Houston to support the measure. “It’s time to strengthen our laws to be in line with what science tells us is possible.”I feel sorry for the suffering, pain, and cruel visits that people to the ER are subjected to when Donna Campbell is on call. AND NOW a Republican cares about science. Science for abortion = yes. Science for evolution = HELL NO.
I don't know why the governor and others don't just come out and say it, "We love fetuses. We just hate everything that comes after."
Question: Will this fetal pain bill come with anything other than a mandate? Maybe additional funding for pregnant women? Maybe funding for lab work & tests, prenatal vitamins? Maybe an expansion of SCHIP to cover low-income pregnant women?
Somehow I doubt it.
We're 1st in the nation for uninsured people, but we need a fetal pain bill.
We're 49th in the percentage of low income people covered by Medicaid, but we need a fetal pain bill.
We're 48th in the percentage of people with employer health insurance, but we need a fetal pain bill.
We're 43rd in the amount the state spends on health, but we need a fetal pain bill.
We're 50th in mental health spending, but we need a fetal pain bill.
We're 49th in state spending on Medicaid, but we need a fetal pain bill.
We're 4th in the nation for people living below poverty, but we need a fetal pain bill.
We're 47th in monthly WIC (women, infant, & children) Benefits, but we need a fetal pain bill.
Let's face it, this being Texas, we're likely to get a fetal pain bill. But very unlikely to get any funding for those pesky things, like schools and health care, that actually help a population to grow and live.
I'd like to ask Governor Oops, how many of these anti-After Birth bills are we going to be subjected to?