Senator Eddie Lucio Re-Files Bill Requiring Adoption Webinar Before Abortion

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More from the front lines of the anti-woman culture pervading our Texas state government: Senator Eddie Lucio has re-filed his bill requiring women to take a three-hour webinar on adoption before they receive an abortion. The bill, SB 17, was filed Friday.

If it passes, every single woman in Texas seeking an abortion must be digitally mansplained about adoption thanks to a senator who doesn't support access to abortion or birth control.

The bill [text here] does not provide an exception for victims of rape and incest, so if you're pregnant as the result of a vicious attack, Lucio still thinks you'll benefit from his paternalistic legislation.

More below the jump about why Lucio's bill and anti-woman voting record this special session are damaging to all Democrats.As I've written previously, this anti-woman attitude deserves no quarter in the Democratic Party.

Thousands of pro-choice Texans have engaged in these special session and stood up for women's health. Lucio's vote for the unconstitutional back-door abortion ban — not to mention his seemingly endless speech in favor of it — and the votes of several Democrats in the House for the bill blurs that line, and perhaps calls into question whether Democrats really are united in our support for women's health.

After all, not all Democrats seem able to vote against a bill that will likely cause the maiming and deaths of actual Texas women if the bill is not blocked in the courts.

Lucio's latest legislative effort is particularly insulting because it assumes that women can't possibly make up their own mind without a three-hour video to “educate” them.

    Lucio assumes that a mother with too little income and too many mouths to feed can't make up her own mind on the economic impact of an unwanted pregnancy on a struggling family.

    Lucio assumes a date-raped college student hasn't already considered the impact of growing visibly pregnant on campus from an encounter she never consented to.

    Lucio assumes that he simply knows better than Texas women about what decisions are best for their bodies, and their lives.

Furthermore, Lucio seems unable to draw a link between the Medicaid expansion he embraced this session and the Republican Governor he embraced at the anti-abortion bill-signing, who has made it abundantly clear that the poor will not gain added health insurance on his watch.

Eddie Lucio would be wise to focus on actual policies that not only decrease unwanted pregnancy but make it easier for women to afford additional children, rather than cozying up to the Republican lawmakers who oppose both.

It's beyond frustrating that Lucio is not up for re-election or primary defeat until 2016, but in the meantime he needs to be made a pariah in the Democratic Party. If Democrats want women to get engaged and vote for our party in 2014, it doesn't help to have Senator Mansplainer Webinar gumming up the works.  

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Austin. In addition to serving as the president of Austin Young Democrats, she is also UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

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