I caught this on memorandum this morning:
It’s about a woman who was the director of Planned Parenthood in Bryan/College Station, Texas for two years. Prior to being the director, she had worked and volunteered there for a few years.
On the way home, I heard an interview Dan Patrick had with her. It’s unclear how long she actually worked there — she told Patrick 5 years; the news article says 8. Patrick has tried twice to pass a bill in the Texas Legislature to force any woman seeking an abortion to first pay for ($500) and view an ultrasound. Not unsurprisingly, this woman claims to have had her change of heart after viewing and abortion through an ultrasound. She was the one operating the ultrasound wand. Also not surprising is that the sermon at her church the very next day was about some scripture she couldn’t remember, but it goes something like if your hand does something evil, cut it off. The last non surprise is that Patrick plans to call the woman in for hearings when he goes for his third try at passing his abortion tax and punish legislation.
I’m skeptical. The Coalition for Life is just down the street from Planned Parenthood in Bryan/College Station. The woman admitted meeting with them. She also claims that the for-profit organization that runs the PP (along with a non-profit) wanted to make more money (because the non-profit part had been in the red) and the way they decided to do it was to perform more abortions (in the news article) or more ‘chemical’ abortions (what she told Patrick).
The most ridiculous thing about the interview was Patrick’s characterization of what the woman claimed to have seen. Of course, he referred to the embryo or fetus as a baby, but he also claimed that the ‘baby’ tried to run away from the cannula during the procedure.
All this reminds me of what the poor woman who was the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade went through. These groups like Operation Rescue and Coalition for Life are what make the American Taliban label stick so well. They are determined to terrorize women for as long as it takes to get their way.