Texas Governor and rabid anti-abortion crusader (yet also, rabid death penalty advocate) Rick Perry called a special session of the Texas Senate specifically to pass the bill.
Unless lawsuits stop it, this bill will close 37 of the 42 abortion clinics in the state, severely limiting access to abortions, especially for women outside major urban areas.
The bill requires that all abortion procedures be performed at a surgical centre. It also requires that all doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48km) of the clinic.
Only a handful of Texas abortion clinics fall within those parameters, and all are in urban centres.
Under the new bill, women will be required to travel hundreds of miles to receive an abortion. This brings up issues of transportation, time off work, and the cost of overnight stays, which will be a particular deterrent for women in lower income brackets. When you're low income, taking time off work often means losing your job.
This bill is a direct attack against the poor.
Logically, it will increase the number of low-income babies being born, and the Republicans just love those freeloaders, don't they?
They become cannon fodder or poisoned consumers at 18 years of age, but for some reason, those fetuses are just oh-so-precious to the anti-abortion Republican crowd.
Often, women must obtain abortions in secret. This bill makes it almost impossible for women to exercise their free will on this issue in a discreet and private manner.
The anti-abortion bill also limits abortion-inducing drugs like the morning-after pill and bans abortions past 20 weeks of gestation.
Despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, U.S. states are now taking it into their own hands to stop abortions. Similar bills that severely limit abortion have been passed in Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Some details here.
Ohio's Republican Governor John Kasich signing his very own sweeping anti-abortion bill. Legislating women's bodies: see anything wrong with this picture?
Last year, it was the waves of forced sonogram laws passed in Texas, Florida, Arizona, and North Carolina. These laws force women to submit to trans-vaginal sonograms while their doctor attempts to talk them out of having an abortion - at the abortion clinic itself! Under these laws, women are also forced to wait 24 hours after the sonogram before they can have the procedure.
You can see the step-by-step, Pluto in Capricorn-era advancement into a society where women are forced baby carriers, risking their lives under the yoke of the authoritarian state. You can see the step-by-step advancement of patriarchal control over women's bodies and women's psyches. You can see the step-by-step advancement into a version of the Aquarian era future so regressive that people (myself included) would prefer not to live through it.
This regressive, authoritarian march is going on in waves, and it's going on all over this planet.
War planet Mars has now entered Cancer, the sign of the mother, and is triggering the Jupiter-Black Moon Lilith conjunction. The attack against women's reproductive rights is on full force, and women are now being forced against their wills (Mars) to become mothers (Cancer).
From a previous post:
"With Mars lighting up a Grand Water Trine and a cardinal t-square this July, things are going to get hot, triggered, and feisty. These aspects are an indicator that we can expect continued attacks against women's reproductive rights by the Old Boys Club pseudo-religious version of reality trying desperately to cement itself during transiting Pluto in Capricorn. We can expect moves to be made by the patriarchal hierarchies to increase control on all fronts. The nuclear family unit, keeping people neatly tied up, occupied, and under control, will continue to be promoted as the only truly acceptable way to go...
All this requires that women in particular stand up, speak out, and exert themselves on the issues that really matter to them, rather than allowing others to fight in their stead."
The planet leading us into the new era, Uranus, is currently very potent as it slows to station retrograde July 17 at 12 degrees Aries. Uranus goes retrograde under the Grand Water Trine involving Jupiter-Black Moon Lilith-Mars in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces. It will station direct December 17, 2013 at 8 degrees Aries.
After the retrograde station, Uranus will move backward into the fourth of seven squares to Pluto in Capricorn, exact October 31, 2013.
This square series (2012-2015) is hot, clashing, do-or-die. We're battling it out over the next few years for the future of this planet, for the soul of this planet. Make no mistake about it. The stakes are that high.
There is an extremely regressive, oppressive, and authoritarian force attempting to lock itself into power now (Pluto in Capricorn). It's up to us to match it, to challenge it, and to disrupt it (Uranus) every step of the way.
Things will not be letting up much from August 2013 through April 2014, as we experience multiple cardinal Grand Crosses involving Uranus and Pluto.
The anti-abortion bills recently passed will now be tied up with lawsuits.
Please do not take any of your human rights for granted. They're all up for renewal under this square series, and we have to fight on every last point.
These battles are far from over. They've only just begun.