The Week in Quotes (March 11 -17)

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Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.

From a controversial edition of the “Doonesbury” comic strip. Some newspapers rejected and others have questioned the strip because it deals with the Texas abortion sonogram law.

On behalf of Governor Rick Perry, may I welcome you to your compulsory transvaginal exam.

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Yoram Bilu, an Israeli psychological anthropologist at the University of Chicago Divinity School, discussing “Jerusalem Syndrome,” where visitors to the city begin to believe they are the Messiah.

Jerusalem is an insane place in some ways. It overwhelms people, and it has for centuries. The city is seductive, and people who are highly suggestible can succumb to this seduction. I’m always envious of people who live in San Diego, where history barely exists.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a few hours before former Sen. Rick Santorum scored primary wins in Alabama and Mississippi, increasing the likelihood that the battle for their party’s nomination will continue.

Sen. Santorum is at the desperate end of his campaign and trying in some way to boost his prospects.

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U.S. Representative Al Green, D-Houston, throwing his support behind Planned Parenthood and preventive care for women and men.

As long as men can get contraceptives from stores in their neighborhoods, women should also be able to get contraceptives from Planned Parenthood. Women are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, and among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And the equality of these rights requires that if easy access to contraceptives is good enough for men, easy access to contraceptives is good enough for women.

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Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, off-handedly dismissing concerns about pending state legislation that could require a transvaginal ultrasound for a woman seeking an abortion. Texas already has a similar law on its books.

You can’t make anybody watch, okay? Because you just have to close your eyes. As long as it’s on the exterior and not the interior.

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