Here is more on this courtesy of the San Antonio Current:Schwertner hit the table so hard w/ his gavel demanding that our intern stop talking during her testimony that he broke the glass. #txlege pic.twitter.com/2eZmOz0Cq5— Alexa Garcia-Ditta (@agarciaditta) February 15, 2017
It only took state Sen. Charles Schwertner ten minutes of listening to testimony against anti-abortion bills before he broke a table.
Schwertner, the Republican chair of the Texas Senate's Committee on Health and Human Services, spent Wednesday morning introducing and defending a bill that would ban most women from donating fetal tissue from their abortions to science. His legislation was bundled with two other anti-abortion bills — one to throw out the safest abortion procedure for second-trimester pregnancies, the other to mandate all abortion remains are buried and cremated — penned by two other GOP senators, Charles Perry and Don Huffines.
When it was the turn of Maggie Hennessy, a UT student and intern with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, to speak however Schwertnerkind of lost his shit:
"Ms. Hennessy —" Schwertner interrupted a minute into her testimony. "Your time is done."
But Hennessy went on, saying, "I urge you to all stop playing with reproductive health care like it's your own political puppet." That's when Schwertner dropped the gavel — so hard that he shattered the glass table before him.
"Your time is done," he repeated.
It should be noted that the Senator let a speaker from the anti-abortion advocacy group Texas Right to Life, speak at least twice as long and did not once lose control of his gavel.
Boy these male politicians sure do get testy when the lady folk argue against them taking away their right to control their own bodies.
It's almost as if they still consider them second class citizens, or perhaps simply property, or maybe something even worse.