Texas Republicans Argue Over Planned Parenthood Response

Republicans are the party more likely to oppose abortion. However, that truth does not always give you accurate guidance in figuring out the views of individual Republican politicians.

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If you don’t believe me, then consider the argument going on between Texas Republicans in the capitol right now. The Texas Tribune reports, “Former Fetus’ Signs Cause Stir at Capitol.”

Signs calling some state lawmakers former fetuses are causing a stir at the Capitol, with one representative accusing another of intimidating his staff by removing them. 

One of the signs appeared Wednesday morning on the wall outside Rep. Jonathan Stickland’s office. It identifies the Bedford Republican as a “FORMER FETUS,” using a format similar to the plaques near most members’ doors. 

“It’s just been ripped down and thrown in my staffer’s face by Charlie Geren,” Stickland said, referring to the Fort Worth Republican who chairs the House Administration Committee. 

“I thought it was absolutely handled in the wrong way,” Stickland added. “I wish Rep. Geren was more professional about it instead of intimidating my staff.” 

[See also, “Republicans Want Millennials, Then Defy Them on Abortion.”]

Planned Parenthood was scheduled to make a lobbying call on the legislature. The day before they were scheduled to show up, Texas Right-to-Life sent signs to the legislators that identified them as former fetuses. As Strickland candidly admitted, the sign was partly designed to allow the Planned Parenthood associates to not bother to waste their time on him. He wasn’t interested in anything Planned Parenthood has to say.

Charlie Geren claims he was not intimidating nor rude. Rather,

he simply removed the signs because they were in violation of rules from the State Preservation Board, which is responsible for making sure the Capitol grounds are maintained. 

“Tearing them down is hardly the deal,” Geren said minutes after Stickland shared the story on Twitter. “If Stickland wants to act like a child, that’s fair, but I did not rip it down.”

I have a hard time believing that Geren felt bound by rules issued from the State Preservation Board.

This seems to be more evidence that indicates conservatives have a lot of work to do. Defeating Democrats is not enough. We also need to capture more of the Republican Party.