Now I promised I would try to stay off politics but I can’t help but make a comment on this. Whether one is Pro-Choice or Pro-life, wishing physical harm on legislature members’ daughters and others is when a person crosses a line that shouldn’t. There is no point in making comments like that, no matter what side a person’s on, because it totally takes the fight and turns it into something extreme. This is one of the analysis points I’m writing about things that are happening in this country. It’ll be opinion neutral for the most part and be written news media style. Hopefully it’ll be a good read.
The paid protesters opposing the late-term abortion ban in Texas are doing more than rallying outside the legislature against the pro-life bill. They’re threatening pro-life state legislators and their staffers.
Death threatens, harassing emails and phone calls and calls for their daughters to be raped are among the hate targeted at pro-life lawmakers from the small contingent of abortion activists upset that Texas would consider banning abortions on babies at viability.
“My favorite one was probably this female who said that she couldn’t wait to see Representative Stickland so that she could pummel my face in,” he tells me.
He brought some male supporters into the office during the day of the filibuster because he didn’t want the women who work there to be alone.
“We brought in extra people to make sure the office was going to be safe,” he says.
He tells me he was also concerned for his personal safety during the filibuster. He and a few other pro-life representatives went onto the Senate floor during the filibuster and couldn’t leave until 1:30 am because they were afraid of the crowd. Protesters in the gallery yelled threats and verbal abuse at him, he says.
“Everywhere I went, they were tweeting pictures of ‘Stickland’s in the elevator’ or ‘Stickland’s on the move,’” he says.
They couldn’t move around the Capitol without security because of safety concerns.