Democracy? Piffle! That’s not for people who disagree with us.
Yesterday, I wrote about the Michigan House Republicans rushing through a package of bills to limit women’s access to safe and affordable abortions services before hearing testimony from opponents of the odious legislation. The legislation is being described as “the most extreme legislation … anywhere in the country”.
The hearing on these bills, legislation that will have a widespread and negative impact on women across Michigan, was scheduled for a scant 90 minutes. Even so, the chair of the Committee cut it short by ten minutes, ensuring that those opposing the legislation were denied their chance to speak and be heard.
My good friend Bonnie Bucqueroux of Lansing Online News was at the hearing and put this together this amazing video of the unbelievable actions taken by the Republicans in the House Health Policy Committee.
Here’s a longer video with more of the testimony given at the hearing:
By the way, if you haven’t visited Bonnie’s site, I highly encourage you to do so. She’s on the cutting edge of citizen journalism, particularly here in Michigan, and the production values of her videos along with the quality of her writing are leagues above most of what you will find on the internet these days. I’m proud to have her on my blogroll.
[Image credit: Anne C. Savage, used with permission]