First, let me say that I’m a fan of Wendy Davis. I look forward to reading her recently debuted memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid, and I admire her amazing energy, her dedication to public service, and her impeccable choice in footwear while filibustering for 11 hours in the Texas Senate last year. I’m way thrilled that she’s running a tough race to become the first Democratic governor of Texas in two decades.
No, my problem isn’t with Davis at all — or even with the way she candidly detailed her abortion experiences in her book.
But we have come to the point where, like rape, and domestic violence, and so many other “women’s stories, there’s the ‘good” story—the acceptable one, the defensible one, the OK to discuss one — and the others. Women still have to justify their choices about their bodies, their sex partners, and who they allow (or don’t) to punch them in the face. Keep reading »
Texas State Senator Wendy Davis had an abortion 17 years ago, she revealed in a memoir being published next week. In her book Forgetting To Be Afraid, Davis shares that in 1997, she and her husband terminated a second-trimester pregnancy after they learned the fetus, a daughter, had serious brain abnormalities. Keep reading »
Texas was hit hard by the state legislature’s abortion bills in 2013 which sought to shut down nearly all the clinics in the state by enacting a series of unnecessary laws aimed at “improving women’s health” (those are scare quotes). About half of TX’s clinics have already closed since Republican Governor Rick Perry signed them into effect. Fortunately, last week a District Court judge ruled that a portion of a law — forcing clinics to adhere to the same rules as ambulatory surgery centers, which affects things like the width of hallways — was unconstitutional and that meant over a dozen remaining clinics in the state did not have to close their doors Keep reading »
Back in March, Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor of feminist studies at UC Santa Barbara, made headlines for stealing a graphic anti-abortion sign from a group of protesters called Survivors Of The Abortion Holocaust on her campus. In addition to destroying the sign with scissors, Miller-Young also allegedly scratched and pushed a 16-year-old protester. She was charged with grand theft, vandalism and battery.
A video filmed by the anti-abortion protesters showed Miller-Young smiling during the incident; in a police report, the professor, who was pregnant at the time, said she had felt “triggered” by their graphic signs.
Miller-Young pleaded no contest to the charges against her. Last week, the professor was sentenced to three years probation, community service, 10 hours of anger management and a fine over the incident. Keep reading »