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Thanks To Senator Wendy Davis And Texas’s Feminist Army, #SB5 Is Dead

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Thanks To Senator Wendy Davis And Texas's Feminist Army, #SB5 Is Dead

Early this morning, after a 13-hour filibuster yesterday led by Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, Texas  Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst finally officially ruled that Senate Bill 5 – the devastating anti-abortion bill that would decimate women’s access to reproductive healthcare — had not come to a legal vote before midnight and was therefore dead. Shortly before midnight, Davis’ filibuster was sustained and a few others had to step in to help stall a vote until the clock ran out, asking a number of parliamentary inquiries. Then, Republicans legislators attempted to push for a vote, but the pro-choice activists — Texas’s “feminist army” as they’ve come to be known — who filled the gallery drowned them out with chants and cheers, making it impossible for the vote to be completed before the clock struck midnight. (Meanwhile, as history was being made live, not a single major news network was broadcasting it.) Keep reading »

Images From Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’s Landmark Filibuster For Reproductive Rights

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As of this writing, State Senator Wendy Davis is in her tenth hour of a 13-hour filibuster (you can watch here) against Senate Bill 5, a bill which would drastically limit Texas women’s access to safe abortions. If the bill is put into law, 37 of Texas’s 42 abortion clinics will be closed. Davis has promised to filibuster until the close of today’s Senate session, tweeting: “The leadership may not want to listen to TX women, but they will have to listen to me. I intend to filibuster this bill. #SB5 #txlege” We’ve been watching a live stream of the filibuster and following along on Twitter, where an army of supporters both in and out of Texas are offering words of encouragement to Wendy via the #standwithwendy hashtag.

Even President Obama is in on it, tweeting: “Something special is happening in Austin tonight: http://OFA.BO/CBZ6c7  #StandWithWendy”

We’ve collected some of the powerful images that supporters (who are wearing orange “stand with Texas women” tees) are tweeting from the Texas legislature’s gallery, and we’re sharing them after the jump. Keep reading »

Watch Our Hero, Senator Wendy Davis, Filibuster To Stop Texas’ Anti-Abortion Bill SB5

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Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is currently in the process of filibustering SB5, the devastating anti-abortion bill that would decimate women’s access to reproductive healthcare. To stop the bill, Davis will need to speak continuously for 13 hours in order to run down the clock and prevent a vote. Texas law prevents her from drinking, eating, sitting down, or taking a bathroom break for the entirety of her filibuster. She’s already been at it for over 5 hours, and while her voice is a bit hoarse, she shows no signs of backing down. So far she has read heartbreaking personal stories from hundreds of Texas woman, and respectfully and eloquently responded to some painfully condescending questions from her Republican colleagues (by the way, thanks for helping to run down the clock, guys!). Check out the livestream of her heroic stand for women’s health above. Send Wendy a Tweet of support @WendyDavisTexas, tag Tweets with #standwithwendy, or contact her through her website to tell her to please, please, please run for president. [RH Reality Check]

5 Things You Need To Know About Texas’ Anti-Abortion Bills––And The “Feminist Army” Fighting Them

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If you don’t live in Texas, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of House Bill 60 (HB60) and Senate Bill 5 (SB5), a pair of rabid anti-abortion measures that aim to effectively outlaw abortion across the entire state. I’ve followed the HB60/SB5 saga through the articles and Twitter updates of Texas pro-choice activists (and Frisky contributors!) Andrea Grimes, Dan Solomon, and Jessica Luther. These three are part of a group of hundreds of citizen activists who have set up camp at the State Capitol to demand access to reproductive healthcare, and they’ve been working their asses off to stop these bills. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Why Men Need Abortion As Much As Women Do

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Liberal guys like me are often kind of squeamish when it comes to talking about abortion. I mean, we support it. We describe ourselves as pro-choice. We share the ridiculous things that asshole Republicans say on Facebook. (Did you hear the one about the masturbating fetus…?) If we’re straight, and we maybe decide to join our girlfriends or wives or whatever at the rally, we’ll wear the pink or orange t-shirt they pass out, and when they chant “My body, my choice!” we will chant “her body, her choice!” and consider ourselves allies. Look at us A-plus dudes, cisgender and incapable of becoming pregnant, out there to demonstrate for someone else’s rights! We could just stay out of it, but we care!

I know that’s how a lot of men think of abortion rights: like it’s someone else’s fight, and we might occasionally show up and offer support. And while I understand the impulse, that’s not good enough. The fact that guys like me need to realize is that abortion rights are our rights, too.

When I was 23, a young woman I knew needed an abortion. More importantly to me, so did I. Keep reading »

House Of Representatives Passes Ban On Abortion After 20 Weeks

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Yesterday, the Republican-dominated House of Representatives advanced a so-called “fetal pain” bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Fortunately, it is not expected to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate and President Obama would veto the bill. Thus, the bill is largely symbolic.

The Orwellian-worded bill called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is based on the idea, unsupported by the medical community, that fetuses can feel pain (and pleasure! They like to masturbate!) after 20 weeks. Numerous other bills have cropped up around the country, from Minnesota to Indiana to Texas, based on the same idea.

Not surprisingly, Republicans have a renewed vigor for “fetal pain” bills after the trial of Kermit Gosnell, a doctor who was found to have been killing babies in botched abortions — ironically, because the women who went to his inexpensive, illegally-run clinic were unable to obtain safer, earlier abortions. The House bill is sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), who made headlines last week for saying that pregnancy from rape is rare. Keep reading »

Texas Congressman Says We Should Ban Abortion Because Fetuses Masturbate

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Frisky staffers are not the only ones finding pleasure with their hands between their legs. According to former OB/GYN and now Texas Congressman Micheal Burgess (a Republican, natch), male fetuses are masturbating as well!

“Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby, and they have movement that are purposeful,” Burgess explained during a House committee on Monday when arguing for more restrictions against abortion. “They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to think that they could feel pain? Sometimes we have to give voice to the voiceless, and this is one of those times.” Keep reading »

Wisconsin Governor Supports Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasounds For Abortion [UPDATE]

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  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is supporting an anti-abortion bill that is making its way through the state legislature which would require some women seeking first-trimester abortions to have transvaginal ultrasounds, which are performed by inserting a probe into the vagina. The forced transvaginal ultrasounds are medically unnecessary and are a popular ploy of anti-abortion folks to scare women from obtaining abortions . [Think Progress] [UPDATE: Talking Points Memo disputes that the ultrasounds would be transvaginal, instead stating only "ordinary" on-the-belly ultrasounds would be required. — Talking Points Memo]
  • Facebook announced a new policy in which it will stop treating photographs of post-mastectomy scars (usually scars on removed breast tissue) the same as it does pornography. Recently, FB also tightened its regulations on gender-based hate speech. [Think Progress]
  • Apropos of nothing, Austrialian soccer team manager Holger Osieck announced at a press conference that “women should shut up in public.” What? Right! He has since issued a non-apology apology in which he said, convincingly, “It was off the record. It was more of a funny remark. It was nothing against any women or whatever. Definitely just a complete misunderstanding.” [Yahoo] Keep reading »

Not This Crap Again: Republican Trent Franks Says Pregnancy From Rape Is Rare

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Wait, I thought the GOP attached nodes onto all white male Republicans’ balls to deliver electric shocks as soon as their lips start to form the words “rape” and “pregnancy”? What happened? How did Rep. Trent Franks dodge that?!

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing today, Rep. Franks of Arizona said his ban on abortions after 20 weeks does not need an exception for rape and incest because pregnancy as a result from rape is rare. “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low,” Dr. Franks announced. Keep reading »

Massachusetts Considers Easing Parental Consent Rules On Abortion

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The Massachusetts Legislature’s Public Health Committee is considering a new bill to ease parental consent rules for abortion. According to Planned Parenthood League Of Massachusetts, young women in Massachusetts under age 18 need to acquire written permission from a parent or guardian to obtain an abortion; if she’s unable to discuss this sensitive subject with a parent, she can get permission from a judge. But this new bill would allow young women to get permission from a doctor, nurse, or family member over age 25 instead of the court.

Additionally, a Democratic state rep in MA filed another bill including these same provisions, but would also lower the current age of consent  to 16.

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