Texas lawmaker says ‘nanny state’ lobbying fliers disrespect women
Texas state Democratic Rep. Senfronia Thompson took a moment of personal privilege Thursday to express her outrage at fliers put out by the Texas Civil Justice League opposing the “nanny state.”
One flier showed a picture of a baby nursing on a woman’s breast and the other depicted a baby’s pacifier.
“Some of you may find them funny, but I find them despicable,” she said. “I find them distasteful. I find them hateful, and I find them to foster violence and disrespect toward women.”
“And I find it hard to believe the Texas Civil Justice League would go so low that they would put out this kind of hate resentful bitter, despicable, despisable, violent fliers toward women just to get at a piece of legislation.”
State Republican Rep. Debbie Riddle stood up in Thompson’s defense, calling the flier “pornography.”
“The handout that caused offense was never considered appropriate and I should have destroyed the copies,” Texas Civil Justice League President E. Lee Parsley said in a statement. “I showed extremely poor judgment in handing the flier to someone not associated with the Texas Civil Justice league, who scanned and distributed it.”
Parsley did not apologize for distributing the flier depicting a pacifier.
Watch this video, uploaded to YouTube May 26, 2011 by texasimpact.