Pick of the web, week of 6/29

First, a local link and call to action: You can SIGN this petition as a counter-measure to the Concord “buffer zone” petition. Please do so TODAY. It is for Concord residents “and other concerned citizens.” (Previous Leaven posts about the attempt to stifle First Amendment rights to peaceful protest within 35 feet of the Feminist Health Center  may be found here and here.) This counter-petition is a project of a young woman who is trying to get enough signatures by tomorrow, June 30, in order for it to be heard at the July 8 Concord City Council meeting along with abortion advocates’ “buffer zone” petition. More information: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/citizens-against-concord-buffer-zone/blog [update, July 2: The Concord City Council has NOT put these petitions on the July 8 agenda. Stay tuned to Leaven for further developments.]

Meanwhile, this has been an eventful week. Catch up using these links for news coverage and commentary. Amazing how some of this news makes the ongoing Fortnight for Freedom even more relevant!

Here’s reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage decisions from pro-family activists, courtesy of National Review Online. Note the thoughtful contribution from Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life.

A filibuster by a Texas state senator, coupled with a mob in the Senate gallery that interfered with a vote, prevented the Texas state senate from adopting a ban on abortions 20 weeks into pregnancy or later.  Governor Rick Perry, not a fan of mob rule, has called the legislature back to get its work done. Learn more from Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner and from the hardworking activists at the Texas Alliance for Life.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life
Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life

Americans United for Life just announced that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken notice of an Oklahoma law regarding regulation of chemical abortions. U.S. Supreme Court Begins Historic Review of Chemical Abortion, Sparked by AUL Model Legislation

In case you missed this link on Leaven’s Facebook page, here’s an encouraging story from Life Site News about reaching abortion-minded women at their most vulnerable moment – just before they walk into an abortion facility.

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Reality check: What’s a “toughest” abortion law?

What does it take to have the “toughest abortion law in the country”?

Not much, apparently.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has called the Texas legislature into second special session for July 1. The legislature failed to vote on SB5, a bill to regulate abortion, before a midnight deadline at the end of a first special session on June 25. A pro-abortion filibuster by a pink-sneakered abortion-absolutist legislator was reportedly augmented by a disruptive crowd in the gallery. Dr. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life describes the scene:

At 12:03 last night, the Texas Senate voted 19-10 to pass a pro-life omnibus bill that Democrat senator Wendy Davis had been filibustering earlier. But that was three minutes too late. The bill had to pass by midnight. Why were they three minutes late recording the vote? Because abortion activists had succeeded in creating so much chaos in the chamber, the Senate was unable to maintain an orderly process. The filibuster actually ended at 10:30, leaving an hour and a half in the legislative session to consider the bill. But mob rule took over with the protestors [sic] in the galleries overwhelming the number of police there to keep order.

What was in what the New York Times called “some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country“?

  • A ban in abortions after 20 weeks
  • A requirement that abortion facilities meet the same standards as all other ambulatory care centers
  • A requirement that a physician performing an abortion have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility at which the abortion is performed

Full text of the bill as introduced is here. It says no late-term abortions, and enhanced safety for women. Tough, hmmm?

Abby Johnson is calling on pro-lifers to get to Austin on July 1. Her Facebook page will have updates in the coming days.