If the state primaries this week taught us anything, it’s that the Tea Party is alive and well. Not only is the Tea Party still going strong, but it looks like another issue you grabbed on to was that of abortion.
Candidates that were pro-life did well at the polls. Glenn Hegar, Sid Miller and Wayne Christian are moved on to runoffs for Comptroller, Agriculture Commissioner and Railroad Commissioner respectively. Emily Warren at Texas Right to Life explained to KTRH why their stance on abortion is important when they might not deal with the issue in the offices they were running for.
"It shows that voters want to know where their elected officials stand on the issue,” Warren said.
And Warren explains even though candidates run for one office; it doesn’t mean they won’t run for another in the future.
“People know when you’re elected to an office it may not be the only office you hold. Depending on what your trajectory is as a politician your stance on the issue becomes very relevant,” Warren explained.
All three candidates supported Texas’ new abortion law. And under the law two more clinics closed this week, including one in Beaumont. Anne Hagstrom-Miller at Whole Women's Health says it's not fair to Texas women.
“Justice has not been served. HB2 is an injustice to those in Texas seeking the legal right to end an unwanted pregnancy safely,” Hagstrom-Miller said to reporters in a conference call yesterday.
And Hagstrom-Miller isn’t just blaming politicians. She points the finger of blame at doctors, too.
“The medical professionals in our state are too scared and refuse to speak out in support of us. They could have helped us keep our clinics open. Yet they remained silent,” Hagstrom-Miller said.
Under the new law 19 clinics have been closed and Hagstrom-Miller says there are 24 left in the state.