A vote on a Texas anti-abortion bill got heated late Sunday night after the bill failed to make it onto the calendar before a key deadline vote. Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, and Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, had to be separated by security guards after Strickland got into Cook’s face and screamed, “You gave me your word!” at the lawmaker.
The two were fighting over Senate Bill 575, a bill that would ban insurance plans in the state from covering abortion. According to Cook, Stickland felt he broke a deal that the two had struck earlier that day, before the vote. The deal was that Stickland, a vapid Tea Party member who has made it his mission to trample all over women’s rights, would drop an exemption that would eliminate an amendment that would allow women to have late-term abortions if a severe fetal defect was discovered by doctors. Yeah, this douchebag wants women to be forced to give birth to a child who would be in insufferable pain for their entire short lives. In return for dropping the amendment, Cook promised that Senate Bill 575 would make it on the calendar.
Unfortunately for Stickland and fortunately for Texas women, Senate Bill 575 failed to make it on the calendar after the female Republican lawmakers–Reps. Sarah Davis, Debbie Riddle and Patricia Harless– voted with Democrats. Bravo to the female lawmakers that realized what misogynist tools their colleagues were being.
This isn’t the first time Stickland has gotten into a fight with his colleagues in the House. Apparently, he has had a number of run-ins with lawmakers during the last legislative session. In February, he accused a fellow Republican of orchestrating the failure of House Bill 195, an open carry bill. In May, a Department of Public Safety investigation was opened after Stickland was accused of tampering with a witness list to inflate support for a bill he was trying to pass.
This guy sounds like a real winner, doesn’t he?
Cook said that he never promised Stickland that the bill would pass, so his anger was completely unwarrented:
My commitment was to get the bill out [of State Affairs], to get it to Calendars,” Cook said. “I did everything I could do. What I can’t do is interfere with other members’ free will to vote their conscience. Everybody should be able to do that. And women sent a clear message that they weren’t comfortable with this legislation, probably weren’t comfortable with us men telling them what to do. And I respect that.
HOLY COW! Republican male who understands that women want the GOP to keep their elephant out of our uterus! Hell has frozen over.
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