AUSTIN, TX – State troopers carried a woman out by her hands and feet when she wouldn’t be quiet or leave the Texas House of Representatives during debate before final passage of the House version of a wide-ranging abortion bill.
Five other women were sent to jail for trying to disrupt the proceedings.
A similar situation happened Monday night during the Health and Human Services Committee hearing on the Senate’s abortion bill.
Sarah Slamen of Houston was one of 357 people to offer testimony before the committee. She used her two minutes to take on senators and pro-life supporters saying, “Thank you for every hateful statement degrading women and girls to sex objects and brood mares and bald eagles and leather wallets like your eloquent pro-life supporters have done today.”
But the committee chair, Sen. Jane nelson of Flower Mound, called in state troopers when Slamen started in on individual committee members, “And this is how big of a fraud I knew you were for being so proud of these proceedings all night, because it’s a low bar that you hold yourself to that you simply allowed us to speak. And I will speak against an ophthalmologist who says…everyone on the Internet can see what you’re doing right now.”
In an email to NewsFix, Sen. Nelson said she had Slamen removed because she never allowed personal attacks on senators of either party at her hearings:
“A witness was removed for personally attacking specific senators after delivering her prepared comments. We received testimony from 3863 people, including 357 who provided oral testimony. We heard passionate yet respectful testimony from 356 people and the breach of decorum by one individual should not overshadow the courtesy displayed by everyone else.”
Nelson learned a lesson from Lt. Governor David Dewhurst who let the gallery take over the Senate during the last minutes of the regular session.
Fort Worth senator Wendy Davis filibustered for nearly 11 hours and the crowd did the rest to keep the senate from passing the measure.
Opponents should not expect Dewhurst to make the same mistake twice.