‘Written by Wendy Davis’: AP can’t contain its bias in Texas abortion law headline

This morning, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the bill restricting late-term abortions and requiring abortion clinics to meet hospital-level standards into law. But the ostensibly objective Associated Press had its own take on the news:

Twitterers couldn’t help but detect just a hint of bias:




It certainly reads like a press release from Davis’ office.

What is it that the AP finds so disturbing? Is it the more sanitary medical conditions? The lives that will be saved?


At least that would have been a more honest interpretation of the law. Come on, AP.

  • http://www.robjonesforpresident.com/ Rob Jones

    Wendy claims to represent “Texas women” and “*real* Texans”.

    Guess that’s why roughly half her campaign $$ are from outta state, the leaders outside TX being CA, MA, DC, NY, IL.

    She’s got her eyes set on the gov’s mansion (Abbott will win handily) and in the meantime we’ll replace her with someone that actually reflects Texas values. Mark Skinner. See http://TexansForMarkSkinner.com. He’s our next Senator from Distr 10.

    • http://redstate.com/ midwestconservative

      Perry, Dewhurst, and Abbot all born in Texas
      Davis is from Rhode Island, she sure knows what “real Texans” are.

    • southerntragedy

      Dang. I have my eyes on a tea party candidate, Konni Burton. Now I’m torn. http://konniburton.com/

  • Lotte Lenya

    Looks like the AP is feeling left out due to so much attention on the Rolling Stone rag-mag, so they have to scream, “look at me!”. The Great Race to the Bottom.

  • BoscoBolt

    We all know what the AP’s goal is with that ridiculous headline, BUT, the abortion bill enjoys broad support in Texas, and nothing that they publish, and nothing that idiots like Wendy Davis spew, is going to change that …



  • justlittlolme

    Now we need to work on a bill to threaten the existence of the biased media!

    • TocksNedlog

      Dick “we need to define what a real ‘journalist’ is”
      Durbin is already working on that.

  • V the K

    “New EPA regulations will shut down power points, destroy thousands of jobs, raise electricity rates 30%”. Leftists – “Meh”.

    “New Texas regulations will cause a few unsanitary abortion mills to close.” Leftists – “OMG The Apocalypse is upon us!!!”

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Yup…that’s #LowInfoLib logic!

  • DelPasso

    I’m not understanding why the title is bad. Didn’t Rick Perry just sign it into law?

    • Stephen L. Hall

      Because the words “threaten existence” are false, misleading and blatantly biased.

  • http://itooktheredpill.wordpress.com/ Red Pill

    According to the @AP,

    Hospital-level conditions = threat,

    Gosnell-level conditions = “women’s health”

    They’ve got things backwards.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Because there is of course no middle ground between the two… like say the existing regulations before this bill.

      But please, explain to us why a clinic needs to widen all of its hallways to five feet across in order to be able to give out RU-486.

  • https://twitter.com/deseeded tombee

    Abortion clinics deserve to be filthy, unsafe, and staffed by journalists!

  • TocksNedlog

    Coal? More regulation!
    Oil? More regulation!
    Nuclear? More regulation!
    Guns? More regulation!
    Health Insurance and Health Care? More regulation than anyone ever thought was humanly possible.
    Trade? More regulation!
    Taxes? More regulation!
    Abortion? STAY OUT OF MY VAGINA!!!11eleventy111!!!

    • mickeyco

      very nice, Tocks

    • tjp77

      It really is hilarious how they are fighting for LOWER STANDARDS of health care for women in the name of women’s health.

      • TocksNedlog

        I would replace “hilarious” with ‘pitiful,’ but I understand and agree with the sentiment.

  • grais

    Well, didn’t Drudge tell us that place was full of kids?

  • The Penguin

    Oh, I think you meant to say: “Texas governor signs sweeping abortion regulations that will make clinics safer for women.” There you go. No thanks necessary AP.

  • Maxx

    AP: BREAKING: Texas governor signs sweeping abortion regulations that threaten existence of most clinics

    They forgot the rest of the headline……

    ….fetuses cheer.

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Ms. Davis:

    Guess that much hooplahed, yet useless ‘filibuster’ was pretty much a bust.

    Just like your next to non existent political career.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    Regulations which shut down businesses favored by liberal *threaten.”

    Regulations which shut down businesses trying to make a living “protect.”

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    Speaking as some one who is politically pro-choice, if one clinic that performs a type of invasive surgery can not meet the same health standards as a hospital, it has no business existing.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      A typical first trimester abortion is less invasive than a visit to the dentist. I assume you want all dentist offices that aren’t up to hospital specs shut down, too.

      • RememberSekhmet

        Dentists go nowhere near the peritoneum, and the majority of botched dental jobs are either infectious, painful, or both. You should have a course of antibiotics for the infectious part, and the other screwups are so painful, you will go somewhere for relief long before the complications become fatal. A botched abortion becomes a hemorrhage, and you may have minutes, not days, not hours, to keep the patient from dying.

      • Stephen L. Hall

        You mean a liberal like you opposes regulations which could save a woman’s life? Why do you hate women like that?

      • MarcusFenix

        And you’re basing this on what research, medical degree, related field of study…….?

        • Bathing Suit Area

          I was basing that on the AMA’s recommendations… (and those of equivalent organisations in other countries)

          • MarcusFenix

            Pleasantly surprised, I figured you’d respond with something else. In that case, allow me to retort in kind.

            The AMA’s recommendations do point out how the law is creating a problem with respect to particular points of access, you are correct. If I’m not mistaken, pars of the bill are not quite in line with the AMA, with regards to points like time of conception vs implantation as the defining point of pregnancy, and so on.

            The bill could have crushed the opposition by dictating that a hospital ER, or even designated unit, could perform the function there as well…what I’ve read so far is that the mass majority of ER will not perform one unless there are serious and immediate problems with the mother’s health. They could have also increased the admitting privilege statute to something a little larger, like 50 miles.

            Someone else said before, when i mentioned this, that 50-75 would put the mother’s life in danger, but the fact that these clinics would have to have a doctor with admitting privilege, as well as being on par with ambulatory surgical centers, would mean issues could be stabilized beforehand if there were need to move the woman to a full hospital.

            I don’t think this law is perfect, at all. But I do think that raising the standards for health care facilities is something we should look at having priority. Drawing comparisons between this and say, your local dentist office or other small practices, belies the nature of this particular procedure.

            There are all kinds of things, I believe, that are wrong on the liberal side of this, especially the parts about a 5 month fetus not experiencing pain. Higher brain waves form at 22-24 weeks, so i dont think that the 20 week mark is something that’s incredibly low. The brain has formed, there is activity, and there is a heartbeat that has been present for quite a while by that point. Would make sense that something could feel pain. Personally, i would have lowered it to 16 weeks….because taking 5 months to make this decision seems a bit….odd.

          • Bathing Suit Area

            Part of the issue with the bill is that our makes no distinction between clinics that do early or late term abortions. Surgical late term abortions do require something like an ambulatory surgical centre, and nobody is disagreeing with that.

            But a lot of clinics are just doing early abortions (which you’ll remember, are 98% of abortions) often just by prescribing RU-486. Those places don’t need five foot wide corridors everywhere, or four foot wide doorways, or operating theatres of a certain size. It’s possible that this requirement is in there as an oversight or misunderstanding, but the fact that the backers of the bill are people who frequently state their intentions to criminalize all abortions, and close down providers makes it hard to believe that they’re really doing this out of concern for the health of women who seek abortions.

          • MarcusFenix

            I would have replied here first, but I had to fix something on another thread first. People can be rather silly at times.

            I would counter the first statement with the fact that I, in searches, was unable to find a place that only did one type of abortion or the other. The ones I searched in Virginia only made distinctions in the procedure being surgical or chemical, but nothing about term. That clearly wouldn’t account for things in Texas, since I’m not on the ground there, but…if clinics do both, then that renders the point moot. If that’s not the case, then I can deal with being corrected.

            I can’t argue that there are those who would attempt to prevent any abortion, regardless of circumstance. Whether this is based on religion, gut feeling, something in a Tarot reading…isn’t really of consequence. Most people feel that exceptions for rape, incest, or life of the mother are acceptable. I found a link with hard stats below. Little over halfway down the page, you’ll see the NBC/WSJ poll showing the %’s for people who agree as being rather solid.

            I personally think that clinics should be held to higher standards, if nothing else but to prevent other situations like Gosnell. I don’t think there’s anyone who can claim to be rational and believe that situation was alright. Even if it’s just a prescription or an early term procedure, I think there should be strict standards, since (at least at a level that is par with social standards) these procedures -should- be more important (and require more reflection) than a teeth cleaning at the dentist.

            Before I jet…personally, I think this bill had some flaws that needed to be addressed prior to being put to a vote. Certainly, there should have been more moderate input, and there should have been at least some relaxing of the requirements set forth in the legislation. Clearly, compromise could have been reached on some level, but it wasn’t even requested, which to me is a failing on the part of the bill’s proponents.

            Link for the poll data: http://www.pollingreport.com/abortion.htm

      • rickg62

        And we assume that you would be alright with a state full of Gosnell like clinics.

        • Brad

          Why yes. Yes, the moron would be just fine with that.

        • Bathing Suit Area

          Of course you do.

          • rickg62

            If you are criticizing the Texas bill for requiring abortion clinics to maintain strict surgical conditions, then that’s the way you sound.

          • Bathing Suit Area

            Because the real problem with Gosnell was that his hallways weren’t all five feet across.

          • rickg62

            If you are criticizing the Texas bill for requiring abortion clinics to maintain strict surgical conditions, then that’s the way you sound.

  • pink for the girls

    seeoms like whoever wrote this is auditioning for a job as Wendy Davis’ press agent.

  • Republicanvet

    Question. I thought the biggest part of this law banned abortions over 20 weeks. If this law “threatens” most clinics, does that mean most were doing late term abortions?

    • Stephen L. Hall

      There were two main sections of the bill:
      (1) to reduce the time limit for abortions from 28 weeks to 20 weeks, and
      (2) to require abortion clinics to maintain health and sanitation and equipment standards to treat the patient if something goes wrong.

      It is the second part that they are saying will shut down clinics.

      • marcellucci

        So why not just lower the standards of regular hospitals…..?
        Liberals dumb down things all the time when they think things are unfair…….

  • Love of Country

    The Associated Press ✔ @AP

    BREAKING: Texas governor signs sweeping abortion regulations that threaten existence of most clinics


    If that’s true, AP ….. then your own personal ‘observation’ is a rather damning indictment against all abortion clinics at large, no? Because if stopping clinics from killing unborn babies who are more than 5 months old would actually put them out of business, well then they’re just killing WAY TOO MANY babies in the third trimester just to satisfy the blatantly selfish whims of the irresponsible women who patronize their facilities, IMHO.

  • $17227379

    One administrator of a Fort Worth clinic claims it will cost $1.4million in upgrades to get it up to code.

    How bad is that clinic?

    • Stephen L. Hall

      But then how much do they rake in on an annual basis?

    • Richard Jefferies

      It just goes to show you what the abortion profit machine has been getting away with. Their glory days of lack of over site, and regulation that their fellow travelers in the Democrat party saddle every other business with, are over.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      What exactly is so terrible about them having a hallway that’s not quite five feet across?

  • Zane Henry

    channeling Brad Woodhouse: It’s a LAW, bitches!

    Sorry, I don’t like gloating, but this is gloat-worthy.

    God bless Gov. Perry and the Texas Legislature! Looking forward to our future Governor, Greg Abbott, who will be just as concerned for the safety of women, despite the best efforts of the culture of death.

    Screw you pro-aborts! Good thing is, all these astroturf protestors will pack up and go back to the blue sink-holes they came from and take their orange shirts with them.

  • j p

    Does this simply mean that the price of abortions is going to go up so that the “clinics” can afford the upgrade, and then Obamacare is going to pay for those abortions which means we, as usual, we will be forced to pick up the tab?