Twitter mocks Texas' proposed six-week abortion ban with brilliant hashtag

Turns out there are a lot of #ThingsThatTakeLongerThan6Weeks out there

By Katie McDonough
Published July 19, 2013 4:37PM (EDT)
  (AP/Eric Gay)
(AP/Eric Gay)

Hard as it is to believe, Texas Republicans managed to out-extreme their already-totally-extreme record on Thursday by filing a bill to criminalize abortion as early as six weeks, before many women even realize they're pregnant.

The measure is what's known as a "trigger provision." Unlike North Dakota's six-week abortion ban, the Texas bill, if passed, would only go into effect 90 days after "a finding of fact made by the attorney general that: (1) the United States Supreme Court has issued a decision overruling Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973); (2) any other state or federal court has issued an order or judgment restoring, expanding, or clarifying the authority of states to wholly or partly prohibit or regulate abortion under the United States Constitution; or (3) an amendment to the United States Constitution that restores, expands, or clarifies the authority of states to wholly or partly prohibit or regulate abortion has been adopted."

Texas feminists wasted no time in organizing against it.

Texans have been on their activist game for weeks now, flooding the Capitol in a sea of orange, basically owning the entire Internet and otherwise striking fear in the hearts of those working to undermine women's basic human rights.

Today's outpouring of righteous outrage is, naturally, no different.

Behold, a collection of #ThingsThatTakeLongerThan6Weeks:

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For those who need a refresher on that last one:


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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