Posts tagged "texas"

RIP Society: 8-Year-Old Black Boy In Texas Shot In Face By White Man While Playing Tag

An eight-year-old boy in Dallas, Texas, was shot in the face on Tuesday in yet another horrific act of gun violence. Donald Maiden, Jr. was allegedly playing tag around an apartment complex when he was shot by 46-year-old Brian Cloninger. Police "have not been able to determine a motive," Raw Story reported. Cloninger, who wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2013

“Choice: Texas” Turns The State’s Abortion Struggles Into A Video Game

Texas' most recent spate of anti-abortion legislation has effectively destroyed women's access to reproductive healthcare in the state. Your chances of getting a safe abortion in Texas are now dependent on factors related to class and privilege: where you live, the flexibility of your job, access to transportation, and financial resources. It's a terrifying reality,…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 2, 2013

Alabama Republican Is Trying To Ban Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye From Schools

Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw, under pressure from the Tea Party, is trying to remove The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison's harrowing Nobel Prize-winning book about a young African-American girl, from schools because it contains scenes of sexual assault, which conservative Tea Party members argue is "child pornography." They want to ban the book from schools because they…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 30, 2013

Not This Crap Again: Texas Mom Stands Up For Her Right To Breastfeed In Public

Lucy Eades was at the Burleson Recreation Center in Texas with her husband and 16-day-old infant waiting for their older daughter to finish her dance class when the baby became hungry. Eades breastfeeds and damn well knows that it is her legal right in Texas to breastfeed in a public place. An employee, however, did…

By: Mary Odell / August 10, 2013

Texas Wants To Ban Abortions After 6 Weeks Of Pregnancy

Today In “I Can’t Believe I’m From Texas”: Not only did Rick Perry just sign the bill that will close the majority of abortion clinics throughout Texas, but legislators are now trying to get all abortions banned after six weeks. Yep, you heard me. SIX WEEKS!

By: Daley Quinn / July 19, 2013

Governor Rick Perry Signs Anti-Abortion Bill HB2 Into Law As Protesters Chant, “Shame! Shame!”

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 door…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 18, 2013

Superhero Texas State Senator Wendy Davis Is Raking In Political Donations

Since her famous filibuster to the Texas legislature over a restrictive anti-abortion bill, State Senator Wendy Davis has gained more than $1 million in political donations. [Reuters] Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced her candidacy today against the current Republican senator from Wyoming. [CBS News] Here are the 10 dumbest thing…

By: Daley Quinn / July 16, 2013

Sarah Slamen Finishes Her Testimony Against Anti-Abortion Bill

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…

By: Daley Quinn / July 12, 2013

Abortion Restrictions Finally Pass Texas House Of Representatives

Well, they finally did it. Tomorrow, the Texas State Senate committee will vote on whether or not to send its version of the abortion restriction bill to the Senate. [CNN] On the Obama administration's push for a broader definition of sexual harassment at colleges to push for more reporting. [TIME] At least 100,000 children are…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2013

These Are Some Of The Texas House Democrats Who Stand Against The State’s Anti-Abortion Legislation

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…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 10, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Sarah Slamen Goes Off On Texas Legislature And Is Hauled Away By State Troopers

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…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 10, 2013

Battle Over Abortion Restrictions Rages On In Texas

Texas is heatin’ up, and it isn’t just the weather: for the past few weeks, pro-choice and anti-abortion activists have battled it out outside the statehouse in Austin over the bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill would require all abortions to be performed at ambulatory surgical centers, even for non-surgical…

By: Daley Quinn / July 9, 2013

Texas Governor Rick Perry Won’t Seek Reelection In 2014

As Rick Perry was waxing poetic over his political future yesterday, he refused to rule out a 2016 run for the White House, calling it "certainly ... an option out there." Today, Texas' longest-serving governor said he "will not seek re-election" in 2014, reports the AP, during a gathering of friends and supporters he called to discuss "exciting…

By: Newser / July 8, 2013

A True Account From Monday’s “Stand For Texas Women” Rally

After attending the “Stand With Texas Women”  rally in Austin on Monday, I think I have to reconsider my aversion to calling myself a Texas woman. The pro-choice rally, which brought together over 5,000 women, men and children to speak out against the SB5 anti-abortion bill which would shut most abortion clinics in the state,…

By: Daley Quinn / July 4, 2013

It’s Time For A Sex Strike, Texas Ladies

Pro-choice Texas women are being urged to hold a "Lysistratra"-style sex strike against their anti-abortion boyfriends and husbands over the SB5 anti-abortion bill. Y'all tell us if you need The Frisky staff to mail you some vibrators, you hear? We have extras laying around here somewhere... [Cosmopolitan] And yes, "Wendy Davis Truthers" are actually a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 2, 2013

Stand With Texas Women: Photos & Videos From Today’s Rally As Rick Perry Calls Special Session To Vote On SB5

Today, the Texas state legislature will vote on Senate Bill 5 in a special session called by Texas Governor Rick Perry, following last week's successful filibuster of the bill, which would close the vast majority of abortion clinics in the state. Naturally, pro-choice activists came out droves, determined to show Perry and his cronies that…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 1, 2013

Connie Britton Teams Up With Planned Parenthood For Limited Edition T-Shirt

What would Tami Taylor do? Stand with Texas women, of course. The "Friday Night Lights" and "Nashville" star has joined Planned Parenthood in promoting a limited edition T-shirt referencing her FNL character supporting the pro-choice women of Texas. In a Planned Parenthood's press release about the shirts, Britton says: "The character Tami on 'Friday Night Lights' i…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 1, 2013

Not This Crap Again: Rick Perry Says Wendy Davis Should Be Pro-Life Because She Wasn’t Aborted (And Didn’t Have An Abortion Herself)

"In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of as single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 27, 2013

Mommie Dearest: TX State Senator Wendy Davis Shows That For Teen Moms, Anything Is Possible

What do you think about when you hear “teen mom?” Perhaps you think about someone who was arrested for heroin recently, or maybe about someone else who came out with a sex tape (aka made a pornographic movie) with James Deen. Maybe your thoughts immediately went to shameful ad campaigns by Candie’s or New York

By: Avital Norman Nathman / June 27, 2013

Texas Hero Wendy Davis Talks The Filibuster, Abortion Rights & The Questionable Tactics Of Pro-Life Senators

Texas senator Wendy Davis appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360" Wednesday night to discuss her historic filibuster against anti-abortion Senate Bill 5. Davis thanked all of the supporters in the gallery for standing with her through the 13-hour ordeal. "Their energy kept me going," she said. "I was amazed by it." Cooper asked Davis whether she…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 27, 2013