As you recall, the abortion reform HB2 bill finally passed late Friday night/Saturday morning, over the ... vociferous? vehement? I know: vicious - objections of Democrats. Short version: ban on abortions after 20 weeks and abortion clinics are now subject to new health and safety requirements. Lt. Gov. Dewhurst spoke to RedState just after the vote was made:
To sum up the interview: Dewhurst noted that both the ban and the new health/safety requirements are pretty much in line with most of the rest of the country at this point, and wasn't particularly shy about observing that the entire controversy was blatantly politicized by the Democratic party. The term 'mob rule' was used several times by Dewhurst to describe HB2 opponents, and it's hard to argue with that; from what I saw, the protesters rather badly wanted to be a mob. Unfortunately for them, Texas wasn't particularly interested in letting them.
The law will be formally signed by Governor Rick Perry some time this week; it will undoubtedly be challenged, but it's pretty popular and the bill was designed to be hard to kill in the courts. Score this one as a pretty solid win for pro-lifers, folks.
Moe Lane (crosspost)