As Texas lawmakers prepared to vote on the most restrictive abortion legislation ever introduced in the state, Twitter is all abuzz with a story they’re calling #Tampongate this afternoon, after freelance writer Jessica W. Luther sent this Tweet:
Law enforcement officers said that they were not allowing anything that could be used as a projectile, adding that the list of prohibited items is not new and the Texas State Capital’s “rules of decorum” must be enforced.
Apparently, bullets don’t count as possible projectiles since guns are still allowed in the building as long as the owner has a concealed carry license.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst also warned that an “unruly mob” would not be tolerated, saying,
“We’re going to have strict enforcement. If there are any demonstrations, we are going to clear the gallery. I hope we don’t get to that point but if we do, we do. This is a democracy and we will not be interrupted from doing the people’s work by an unruly mob.”
Hundreds of protestors drowned out GOP lawmakers’ attempts to vote on the controversial abortion bill late last month after Wendy Davis’s filibuster was halted due to alleged policy violations.
Texas doesn’t seem real keen on listening to individuals express their opinions either though, as evidenced in this video in which concerned citizen and women’s rights activist Sarah Slamen was dragged out of a hearing on the legislation before finishing her statement.
We’ve got our eyes on you, Texas.
UPDATE–According to The Maddow Blog:
It appears the public attention was too embarrassing — according to the Texas Tribune, law enforcement eventually stopped the confiscation of tampons. It’s not clear if women whose tampons were taken from them unfairly will be able to reclaim them from police at the Capitol, but I rather doubt it.