The Twitter community has never been known for its subtlety, but the level and volume of rhetoric was taken up a notch this week when the Texas legislature voted on stringent anti-abortion legislation, sparking a nationwide debate.
The bill, which passed in the Texas Senate just before midnight on Friday, bans all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, closes 37 of the 42 abortion clinics in the state, and limits a woman's ability to induce an abortion by taking a pill.
As pro-choice protesters demonstrated outside the Texas legislature, a war of words was raging on Twitter. Tempers ran high, and commentators on both sides of the controversy pulled no punches.
Here are some incendiary tweets that capture the ruthless spirit of the Texas abortion debate.
Texas' abortion victory is one thing, but as long as we live in a socially liberal nation, not much will be changed nationwide.— Joseph Camarano (@BrosephCamarano) July 13, 2013
Being a fetus in a Repug world seems a lot like winning American Idol: One minute you are revered, the next you are disposable. #prochoice— Liz (@childfreediva) July 13, 2013
DEAR LIBERALS: Texas defeats you again. Remember that AND the Alamo.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 13, 2013
Modern feminism is all about dis-empowering women and making them feel they can't survive without government. Period.— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 13, 2013
What women's rights? Shame on you, Texas. Shame on you, Rick Perry.— Hannah Mezan (@hannah_mezan) July 13, 2013
Twitter on #TamponGate:
Bricks, jars of urine & feces, tampons, condoms confiscated from protesters at Texas Capitol before abortion vote http://t.co/AgHBr1cBwL— TheBlaze (@theblaze) July 12, 2013
Guns are just fine in Texas, but tampons and maxi-pads might be dangerous projectiles. PLEASE secede, y'all. http://t.co/7XxXJ5A10b— Margo Howard (@Margoandhow) July 12, 2013
So apparently passing pro-life legislation helps cure liberal constipation.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 13, 2013
Have there ever been protestors that have done less to help their cause than Texas pro-choicers. "Hail Satan" chants? 18 pee and poop jars?— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 13, 2013
"Texas statehouse Republicans cowered in terror last night, in fear spectators would throw wads of white cotton at them." #tamponado— RiskyLiberal (@RiskyLiberal) July 13, 2013
According to Texas Democrats angry mobs ready to throw bricks and feces to defy the will of 64% of the people is "what democracy looks like"— Rep. Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) July 13, 2013
And of course, the most inflammatory tweet of all:
It's a link to a site that sells coat hangers. In case you're not convinced that's going too far, read this fantastic article by Lauren Rankin.
Gabe Grand is an editorialist for PolicyMic.