This morning, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed devastating anti-abortion bill HB2 into law behind closed doors in an auditorium at the Texas State Capitol. As Perry and his cronies congratulated each other on passing a piece of legislation that will undoubtedly result in the deaths of some of their constituents, protesters camped outside the doors shouted “Shame!”, chanted “The blood of Texas women is on your hands!”, and sang “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Some protesters, like those pictured above, simply taped their mouths with duct tape and held signs in silent protest. Democratic superhero Wendy Davis, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and a multitude of Texas activists have vowed to continue fighting the law. [Houston Chronicle] [Photo via NARAL Pro-Choice Texas]
This past week, my new hero, the slammin’ Sarah Slamen, tried to testify against the anti-abortion bill in front of the Texas state Senate, but was cut off and taken out of the building before she could finish. Yesterday, she finishing her testimony in front of the whole country on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” on MSNBC, and she totally rocked it! Check her out! [NBC News]
I support a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion because centuries of history shows us that women are going to get abortions whether they’re safe and legal or not. And when they’re not safe and legal, these women will often die terribly or be damaged irreparably. In my fantasy utopia, there would be no abortion. There’d be contraception readily available and there’d be education geared toward preventing unwanted pregnancies. Adoption would be easier. We don’t live in a utopia, however. We live in a country where scoundrels are certain and nuance is vilified. … I don’t know how to look at those who’d restrict or deny access to abortion, contraception and abortion and not see misogyny. Not sexism; that’s a gender neutral word. Misogyny is the hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women. It’s an ugly word and it represents an ugly thing. And Good God, is it lazy. And disingenuous. And it is the warm and welcoming home to the idea that a pregnant woman who doesn’t want to take her pregnancy to term should not have access to a safe and legal abortion.
– Comic Rob Delaney is someone I always see my friends retweeting for his 140-character long jokes. Turns out, he’s also passionate about a women’s right to choose as well. In his essay on the UK’s Guardian, Delaney explains how he has two children with his wife and although he personally believes abortion is a scary thing, he can’t imagine forcing women to go through nine months of pregnancy and childbirth. Not only that, but he names the mistrust of women making their own self-determining decisions as what it is: misogyny. Well said, sir. I do appreciate it when men can speak about feminist issues and maybe reach people that wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to the ideas. [Guardian UK] [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
A 11-year-old girl in Chile, who was impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend, told a TV interviewer recently that giving birth to a baby would be like “having a doll.” Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who opposes abortion, has praised the fifth grader publicly for her “depth and maturity” in carrying the pregnancy to term.
Oh, and did I mention that in Chile, abortion is super-duper illegal? Keep reading »
Yesterday, the Texas state House of Representatives tentatively passed sweeping abortion restrictions, including a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and tougher rules for abortion clinics that will effectively lead to the majority of the state’s abortion clinics being shuttered. The vote came after days of emotional testimony from both sides of the abortion debate, and while a final vote is still to come today, it is expected to pass and move on to the state Senate. This is a photo of just some of those legislators who voted against the bill, holding coat hangers that represent how bills like HB1 and SB5 chip away at the reproductive rights of women, to the point where dangerous back alley abortions will no longer be a thing of the past. [via Twitter]
Victoria Prude Sarah Slamen (Twitter handle @Victorianprude) was one of the many pro-choice activists who waited patiently to testify in front of the Texas state legislature during this week’s continued debate over the highly restrictive abortion bill HB2 (which unfortunately was passed last night and is one step closer to being signed into law by Governor Rick Perry). When it was finally her turn at the mic, she was fired up. And, well, this is what happened. Slamen is leaving her home state for New York City and so The Frisky staff would like to offer to take her to a welcome lunch when she arrives, as a thank you for being such a bad ass defender of a woman’s right to choose. Call us, Sarah! [Daily Kos]