Feminine hygiene products among items confiscated at Texas Capitol
July 12th, 2013
06:04 PM ET
5 months ago

Feminine hygiene products among items confiscated at Texas Capitol

(CNN) – As the Texas Senate debated a controversial measure placing new curbs on abortion on Friday, protesters at the state Capitol in Austin were prevented from bringing potential projectiles into the galleries, including feminine hygiene products.

Multiple people tweeted photos and descriptions of the search process and a Texas Department of Public Safety officer confirmed to CNN that security officers confiscated unopened feminine hygiene products for a time, but later allowed those items in.

Officers told CNN they had also confiscated used feminine products, as well as bottles of urine and feces.

On social media, many pointed to the fact that concealed weapons, legal in Texas with a permit, were still allowed into the galleries while the other things were not.

Debate over the Texas law has galvanized activists from both sides of the abortion argument.

On Friday, Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst wrote on Twitter he would enforce the body's rules of decorum to prevent outbursts from protesters.

The legislation would ban abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, require abortion clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers, tighten usage guidelines for the drug RU486 and require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where they're providing abortion services.

Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, tried to block the bill with a filibuster in June, talking for more than 10 hours in an attempt to run out the clock on the legislative session.

Gov. Rick Perry called a special session so the legislature could take up the measure again.

The measure passed the House on Wednesday on a 98-49 vote after hours of debate over proposed amendments. The Senate debated the measure on Friday.

CNN's Josh Rubin contributed to this report.


Filed under: Abortion • Texas
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    And on the other hand:

    " they had also confiscated used feminine products, as well as bottles of urine and feces. "

    I'm not sure that qualifies as non-violent protest. Elections matter, for both sides. If you don't like Texas (or whatever conservative state) politics, leave it. Or get you side more motivated to get off their butts and vote.

    Maybe I'm naive, but I don't think Sen. Wendy Davis would approve of the ' feminine products, as well as bottles of urine and feces ' crowd.

    July 13, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  2. Savio

    Bringing in urine and feces really helps their cause. I don't care if you support abortion or not, there's no place to bring in body wastes to prove your point, whatever point it may prove. Have some dignity and self respect. I hope they get arrested and charged for that, you can get diseases from that. This is almost as low ad criminals chopping heads off, this is not what a civil society does.

    July 13, 2013 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  3. RBN

    And the suicide of the GOP continues... There’s no question that these shenanigans will eventually be reversed, like everything else they try ram down our throats. The hilarious part is these morons still have no idea why they're continually losing members, seats and ultimately their own jobs.

    July 13, 2013 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  4. Peter

    Bottles of urine and feces? That makes me feel like their decision to stop people from bringing tampons in may not have been such a bad idea either. Sounds like there were some sickos planning on attending this vote. I disagree with the Texas law, but that is prison inmate behavior, not prostester worthy of respect behavior. Disgusting!

    July 13, 2013 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  5. TSaad

    Oh my, where to begin. That anyone would bring in used feminine products, urine and feces to throw at elected officials during official business is out right disgusting. That authorities would confiscate unused, unopened feminine products while allowing concealed hand guns in the Gallery is even more disgusting. Texas is more than messed up!

    July 13, 2013 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  6. cheryl

    Wow..Texas is really going through with this? Why can't people keep their noses out of other peoples decisions? It's none of your darn business! Keep your notions to yourself. Geeze.... What a female choses to do with her own body is her business..and NOT YOURS!!

    July 13, 2013 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  7. TheBob

    Right now I can just hear the Taliban saying "wow! seriously Texas?!"

    July 13, 2013 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  8. Bob

    If someone threw a used tampon at me, I promise that I would physically destroy that person even if it cost my life.

    July 13, 2013 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  9. Greg

    Feces? Really? You silly Democrats...

    July 13, 2013 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  10. penny

    The fact that they have to confiscate feminine products, as well as urine and feces from some of the woman attending, tells you the caliber of trash that supports murdering babies.

    July 13, 2013 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  11. BriSoFla

    That guy is right, in Texas you can bring a gun into to the building but not tampons? Really sums up Texas men they are truly wimps and definitely g@y because they are AFRAID OF GIRLS! Ha ha ha ha! Stupid republicans!

    July 13, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  12. Marie MD

    That's too bad. I would have loved to see the oops governor and his minions with something very personal sticking our of the behinds put there by women who are sick and tired of these psychos telling us what to do!

    July 13, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    Are these Texan idiots use famine hygiene products?? I do not doubt–idiots. Texas, be wise– drive these GOP thugs out. Be a democratic state. Do not be color biased in 21st century–no one is caring it.

    July 13, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  14. Beefburger

    They call it "Planned Parenthood" because "Planned Infantcide" does not play well with focus groups.

    July 13, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  15. Tony in Maine

    So a woman who needs a Tampon can't bring one into the Capitol Building in Austin, but she can bring in an AR-15 with a 100 round drum.

    Hmmmmmmm.

    Gives new meaning to the word "stupid."

    July 13, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Sanity in Arizona

    Around here in Arizona they say that you can't spell crazy without AZ. It now seems that you can't spell crazy without TX either.

    July 13, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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