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, and it’s also the premise of a new video game called “Choice: Texas,” created by two Texan pro-choice activists, Allyson Whipple and Carly Kocurek.
The game will feature 5 female characters in need of reproductive healthcare, all facing different struggles and personal obstacles. “None of them have it easy, because even if you have the privilege of money and paid sick days at work, there are still other obstacles to deal with,” Whipple said in a recent interview. “But certain characters will be much harder than others. The obstacles each character faces (geography, money, time, transportation) will influence what choices a player can make throughout the game.” Keep reading »
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 not feel as comfortable about Eades nursing her baby and decided to take the law into her own hands. Watch Eades tell this lady what’s up. DAMN STRAIGHT. [Jezebel; Huffington Post]
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! Keep reading »
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]
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]