July 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Unconfirmed rumors have been flying on social media sites all day that abortion supporters were planning to disrupt the Texas legislature by throwing feces, urine and used tampons at pro-life legislators.
The Texas Senate is today debating a highly contentious bill that would ban abortion past 20 weeks, and put in place stringent new regulations on the state's abortion clincs.
Now the Texas Department of Public Safety has issued a press release which appears to lend solid credence to the rumors. According to the release, DPS officials have "discovered one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint." In addition, they found "significant quantities" of female hygiene products as well as "glitter and confetti."
The press release was issued in response to the social media backlash after news broke that security officials at the Capitol were confiscating female hygiene products. For a while this afternoon the hashtag #tampongate was trending on Twitter, with pro-abortion activists alleging that Republicans were discriminating against menstruating women.
The DPS has reportedly stopped confiscating unopened packages of tampons and maxi pads, but defended its actions as necessary. "In the interest of the safety and security of Texas legislators and the general public, these inspections will continue until the conclusion of Senate business," they said.
The Texas debate has been characterized by heated confrontations between pro-abortion and pro-life protesters and legislators. The original version of the bill failed to pass late last month after a now-famous 11-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, followed by raucous shouting by pro-abortion activists in the gallery that delayed the vote until minutes fater the midnight deadline.
In response Texas Gov. Rick Perry called a second special session to pass the bill, vowing that the state would not be cowed by "mob tactics."
Earlier this month a small group of pro-abortion activists was caught on tape shouting "Hail Satan!" in an effort to drown out pro-life activists who were singing Amazing Grace.
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The following is the full text of the DPS release:
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today received information that individuals planned to use a variety of items or props to disrupt legislative proceedings at the Texas Capitol.
Therefore for safety purposes, DPS recommended to the State Preservation Board that all bags be inspected prior to allowing individuals to enter the Senate gallery, which the State Preservation Board authorized.
During these inspections, DPS officers have thus far discovered one jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint. All of these items – as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti possessed by individuals – were required to be discarded; otherwise those individuals were denied entry into the gallery.
In the interest of the safety and security of Texas legislators and the general public, these inspections will continue until the conclusion of Senate business.