Texas Rep: ‘Level of Misogyny’ in State Legislature Worst I’ve Ever Experienced

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Apr 30, 2015 12:00 PM
Texas Rep: ‘Level of Misogyny’ in State Legislature Worst I’ve Ever Experienced

Once again, a male legislator is being labeled a woman-hater for daring to defend unborn babies.

Texas Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) proposed an addition to House Bill 2510, legislation that would reauthorize the Department of State Health Services. Schaefer's proposal, Amendment 18, would make it illegal to terminate a pregnancy after 20 weeks, even if the unborn baby has a severe abnormality. 

Defending his amendment on the House floor, Schaefer said, "God values that life inside the womb."

He also told Breitbart Texas why he was passionate about the legislation.

Rep. Schaefer told Breitbart Texas that Texans would be amazed to find out how many times the diagnosis is wrong, or the disability not as severe as was thought. He said this has happened to friends of his; however, Schaefer says “This is really a side issue.” He said “The hands of doctors are for healing and comfort – not destruction.” He said the same rules should apply to fetuses as apply to adults saying “You would not dismember an adult or inject them.” He also said “after 20 weeks, we know that they feel pain.” Schaefer quoted Dr. Seuss saying “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

Not all Texas representatives, however, appreciate Dr. Seuss’s philosophy. After the pro-life male legislators had their say, Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) stepped up to the mic and skewered them as nothing more than a bunch of misogynists.

Farrar, getting choked up about being ‘disrespected’ and ‘insulted,’ said she was shocked about how she had been treated. She was especially affronted by the fact Rep. Schaefer had not yielded the floor to questions.

“Women are leaders in their families," she said. "Whether some men in this room do not recognize that. I’ll bet when some of these fellows go home, you’re not doing laundry, you’re not taking calls and taking care of young ones and older ones. But we have to sit there and we go through this all the time, what you’re doing and the way we are treated. I’ve served here 21 years, and to be disrespected the way I have been…The insult reflects only upon the person who administered it.”

Crying over not being able to kill unborn babies. Amazing.

Abortion has been a testy issue in the Texas state capitol in recent years. Who can forget in the summer of 2013 when State Senator Wendy Davis’s pro-abortion filibuster laid the foundation for a nasty battle over the decision to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Her efforts ultimately failed. The pro-life legislation passed and has since shuttered several abortion clinics throughout the state and saved thousands of young lives.

Schaefer’s amendment passed, yet immediately after the vote State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) filed a legislative point of order that forced the bill to be pulled and sent back to committee for review. It’s expected to be argued again in June.