When it comes to women in politics, conservatives just can't help themselves. And when it comes to Wendy Davis, well that really gets their predatory blood boiling. For whatever the reason, sexism and misogyny have become the norm for the most vocal mouthpieces of the right wing.
The following are 10 of the Worst Comments made by conservatives about Wendy Davis.
Surrounded by the confusion and misinformation circulated by the pro-life movement, it is important to pay attention to the actual data we have on abortions and the affects they have on the women receiving them. A recent study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology took a step toward dispelling the popular myth that, without a required visual aid, women cannot fully comprehend that they are pregnant. From RH Reality Check:
"The study looked at a whopping 15,575 women coming in for abortion. All received an ultrasound and were offered a chance to look at it. Forty-two percent did.
The results are pretty hard to refute: Looking at the ultrasound does not cause a crisis of conscience for women seeking abortion. Of the group that didn’t look, 99 percent went ahead and terminated. But of the group that did look, 98.4 percent terminated. The difference between the groups was less than a percentage point, totaling about 17 women out of over 15,000. More importantly, as Waldman notes, the women who changed their minds came strictly from the group of women who were unsure about their abortions going in. Women who were highly certain they wanted an abortion were not swayed at all by the ultrasound."
By forcing women to look at or hear a description of the fetus, there is an underlying tone of condescension. There is a tone that indicates that perhaps, if the woman only really understood what was happening, she would not make the decision to get an abortion.
Senator Wendy Davis' momentum continued this morning with an incredible feature on the Today show. Senator Davis shared her life story, revisited the trailer park where she lived early in her life and talked about the opportunities she wants to guarantee for future generations of Texas women.
Here's the video of her appearance.
New numbers on ACA enrollment are out, and nearly half a million Texans have applied for coverage through the federal exchange. The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show us that:
- 457,382 total Texans who applied for coverage through completed applications
- 390,658 Texans have been found eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan
- Over 47,000 have been found eligible to enroll in the state's existing Medicaid or CHIP plans
Ed Espinoza, Executive Director of Progress Texas, released the following statement:
William White is Chair of the Texas Finance Commission, but maybe not for long.
President Obama has picked federal district court judge Gregg Costa to fill one of the emergency vacancies on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. From the Dallas Morning News:
Ending a long drought for Texas judicial picks, President Obama has decided to elevate federal judge Gregg Costa of Galveston to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, a White House aide said Thursday. The court hears cases from Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Costa has only been a judge for 18 months. A native of Richardson, he graduated from Dartmouth College. At the University of Texas law school, he served as editor in chief of the Texas Law Review. He clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist in 2001 and 2002. Later, at the U.S. attorney’s office in the Houston-based Southern District of Texas, he was a lead prosecutor in the case of R. Allen Stanford, who was convicted in the second-largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.
Maybe this is why Greg Abbott refuses to answer questions about Texas' public schools.
For the first time in Texas' history, more teachers left Texas' schools in 2011-2012 than were hired. This occurred at the same time that enrollment increased and Texas Hispanics became the largest ethnic group in Texas' public schools.
From the Houston Chronicle:
The number of first-year teachers in Texas public schools dropped more than 40 percent in just four years. Texas schools employed just shy of 15,000 first-year teachers in 2012, down from 25,395 in 2008 - despite growing enrollment and an overall increase in the number of teachers.
What's more, 2011-12 marked the first time in recent history that more Texas teachers left the profession than entered it. Texas public schools lost 35,800 teachers through attrition and only 24,871 new teachers were hired, according to Texas Education Agency data.
Today in Dallas, GOP Chairman Darrel Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is continuing his ACA witch-hunt and doing his best to scare people away from signing up for health insurance. A strong rebuttal to Issa's silliness was published in the Dallas Morning News by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In it, she writes:
Navigators and other assisters work to educate people about their new options. They’re not paid to sell insurance. Rather, they work to help people understand what financial help is available, and to learn about their choices, so they can make good decisions for themselves and their families. Navigators in Texas must complete at least 20 hours of training (including training on privacy protection and security), pass a rigorous exam, demonstrate they don’t have a conflict of interest, and participate in weekly training sessions.
Texas' elected officials are standing strong behind navigators, as well. The following elected officials have released statements in support:
Additionally, the following statements in support of naviagors and the ACA were submitted to Congressman Issa. Perhaps Issa, along with Greg Abbott, Rick Perry, and all the other Texas Tea Party who feel compelled to engage in a permanent ACA witch-hunt, should gather more facts before they start to attack the Affordable Care Act again.
The Affordable Care Act is working in Texas, despite the best efforts by Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, and Congressional Republicans that remain hell-bent on lying and denying about the positive impacts of the law. Whether it's Ted Cruz lying about Medicaid expansion, Rick Perry costing Texas $9 billion for refusing to expand Medicaid, or Greg Abbott cowardly trying to follow their lead, there appears to be no obstruction they won't embrace.
Thankfully, the Affordable Care Act is working anyway. 14,000 Texans have already signed up through the federal exchange, the second highest total in any other state. The healthcare.gov site is up and running smoothly. And now new Enrollment Assistance Centers are offering English and Spanish-language in-person assistance to individuals and families who need help navigating the website.
Please share these locations with you friends and families!
In addition to the top ten worst Texans of 2013, here's a look at the top ten news stories of 2013 - all of which we were proud to work on and impact throughout the year. Help us keep up the fight in 201
**Note: the original TX Tribune story reported Texas having the highest total of enrollees in the federal exchange. They have since updated their story; we've corrected ours below, as well.**
During the holidays there are people who are nice, people who are naughty, and then there are these people. These are the people we have to fight - help us keep up the fight in 2014!
Congressman Randy Neugebauer
In case you missed it, yesterday Politico's Mike Allen broke the story that the Republican National Committee, in an effort to not repeat the failures of the 2012 election cycle, was holding trainings for Republican Congressmen about what to say, and what not to say, to women candidates on the campaign trail.
Breaking news in the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) case - former executive Jerry Cobb was indicted earlier this morning by a grand jury. The Austin American-Statesman was the first to report:
Thanksgiving dinner is when the people who know the least about politics always want to talk about it the most. Whether it's your crazy Tea Party uncle, that family member opening the 3rd bottle of wine, or Senator Ted Cruz, some people just won't stop filibustering at the table.
168 presidential nominations have been filibustered in U.S. history. Of those, 82 that were blocked, almost half, were President Obama’s nominees. The remaining 86 that were blocked are from all other U.S. Presidents in history combined.
Earlier this year Macy's signed a letter (read the letter here - see Page 3 of PDF) to Governor Rick Perry urging him to veto the equal pay law, HB 950. The bill was written by Senator Wendy Davis and Representative Senfronia Thompson and approved by the Texas Legislature. This law would have given legal standing to women who are paid less for doing the same job as a man.
Late Thursday night on All Hallow's Eve, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an injunction on House Bill 2, the abortion law that would block access to healthcare to a third of all Texas women. Earlier in the week on Monday, District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that part of House Bill 2 was unconstitutional because it places an undue burden on women who seek the procedure. This injunction was reversed on Thursday by the 5th Circuit, allowing for the bill to go into effect almost immediately.
The Texas Tribune reported on Friday:
"After the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision Thursday to lift an injunction on new abortion regulations in Texas, at least nine abortion facilities — about a quarter of the state's abortion providers — have discontinued abortion services in light of the new law.
The court’s decision is “having an immediate impact starting today, and what that impact is depends on each woman and where she lives,” said Sarah Wheat, vice president for community affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. Planned Parenthood has discontinued abortion services at four Texas locations: Fort Worth, Austin, Waco and Lubbock. Wheat said staff members began calling patients to cancel appointments Thursday evening soon after the appellate ruling came down."
Below are press statements from:
- American Civil Liberties Union
- The National Council of Jewish Women
- Whole Women's Health
- Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
- NARAL Texas