Beto O’Rourke attacks Greg Abbott on abortion rights at Houston conference as Texas ban goes into effect

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Texas’ the so-called “trigger” lawwhich was designed to be enacted 30 days after the The Supreme Court’s official reversal of Roe v. Wade, makes no exception for rape or incest. Performing an abortion is also now a felony in the Lone Star State, with penalties of up to life in prison and minimum fines of $100,000 per abortion.

“We’re talking about the life and death of Texas women,” O’Rourke said Thursday of the ban. “In addition to protecting their freedom, their right to make their own decisions about their own bodies, we are here today to protect their lives. I trust women, their doctors to make decisions about their bodies, about their health care and about their future” he said, adding that he believes this is the most constitutional approach to the issue.


Calling reproductive rights “one of the real unifying issues in the state of Texas right now,” O’Rourke pointed to a survey released earlier this month by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler that showed 82 percent of Texans support exceptions for abortion when a pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. “Texas is not the cruelty, the incompetence, the chaos that you see from Greg AbbottO’Rourke said. “Texas is so much bigger and better than all of that.”

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During the conference, University of Houston graduate student Elizabeth Weller spoke in support of O’Rourke. Weller explained that her water broke around 18 weeks pregnant, four weeks before fetal viability, and that doctors said her baby would die regardless of whether she carried him to term. Weller was sent home and told to wait until her baby died or Weller contracted an infection, risking her life and her ability to have future children.

“This will be the reality for any woman in the state of Texas,” Weller said. “I was lucky enough to have an ethics committee rule in my favor within four days, but other women won’t have that luxury. Other women will be put in a position where they will most likely die.”

Family physician Dr. Lee Bar-Eli was also invited to speak about how physicians have become more involved in politics due to restrictions on abortion rights and access. “Greg Abbott is not a doctor,” Bar-Eli said. “He doesn’t understand the complexities of health care options, so for the first time, you see doctors waking up and realizing that if we’re not in politics, if we’re not working to elect someone like Beto O’Rourke” . , then we can’t practice medicine the way we want, we need to.”

In addition, O’Rourke launched two television campaign ads for Texas Governor on Thursday morning, each of which was aimed at the Republicans lean by state abortion restrictions. “As of this day, August 25, women across Texas are no longer free to make decisions about their own bodies,” says a women’s group in the first ad titled “Abbott’s Abortion Ban.”

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“We are no longer free to choose whether a pregnancy is good for us, or for our families, not even in cases of rape or incest. And women are going to die for it, all because of Greg Abbott’s abortion law.Another woman adds: “It’s too extreme. So I’m going to vote for Beto, who will give women back our freedom.”

The second ad, titled “Too Extreme for Texas,” features Texas couple Amy and Trey Ramsey, who identify as lifelong Democrats and lifelong Republicans, respectively. “No rape exception, no incest exception, $100,000 fines and jail time for doctors?” says Trey, questioning Republican stances after getting out of a pickup truck with a bumper of Donald Trump taped to the back. “This is a free country. We need a governor who understands that, and that’s Beto.”

In response, the Abbott campaign ran an ad Thursday claiming O’Rourke supports “born alive” abortion, referring to some late procedures. “Beto O’Rourke’s EXTREME views on abortion include support for third trimester abortion, partial birth abortion, and even opposition to vital care for babies who survive abortion,” the campaign tweeted along with the video. “Beto’s views are not only out of touch with Texas, they are out of touch with basic humanity.”

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Last week, Abbott released its first television campaign ad, which was largely biographical and made no mention of politics. The commercial features his wife, Cecilia, who discusses their marriage, the accident that put him in a wheelchair, and the adoption of their daughter, Audrey.