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]
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 abortions (i.e. those using the RU-486 abortion pill), and force all doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. If the bill is signed into law, only a few of the state’s 42 abortion clinics in Texas would remain open.
On June 25, State Senator Wendy Davis successfully blocked the bill with an 11-hour filibuster. But Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is anti-abortion, called a special session of the legislature and it is up for debate again. All week, both sides have been singing and chanting and arguing their point of views. You can watch a live feed of today’s debate here. Keep reading »
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 future plans.” Read more on Newser…
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, was the first I have ever attended. It will definitely not be the last. Keep reading »
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 they won’t take this assault on reproductive rights lying down. Check out what the scene was like in photos and videos posted to Twitter, Instagram and Vine. Keep reading »
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’ is a Texas woman deeply committed to her community and to standing up for what is right for her neighbors and the people she loves. I have been inspired by how people around the country have united to stand with the women of Texas, and I can’t help but think that, in this moment, we all have the opportunity to join with and become strong, powerful Texas men and women.”
The limited edition T-shirts, which come in orange and white, are available online only through the month of July so you’d better snag yours here now. So, when a movie is made about Texas’ feminist army and their work fighting Senate Bill 5 — which would all but obliterate Texas’ women’s access to abortion — Britton is a shoe-in to play state Senator Wendy Davis right? [Cafe Press]
“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 her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”
– That’s Texas Governor Rick Perry, speaking at the National Right to Life Convention about state Senator Wendy Davis, who successfully filibustered Senate Bill 5 earlier this week, which would have greatly limited Texas women’s access to abortion. I guess it’s not enough to respond to a fair and square defeat by calling a bullshit special session to vote on the bill on July 1. The crux of his ridiculous argument is that Senator Davis should be pro-life because A) she was not aborted by her single mother, and B) she didn’t have an abortion when she got pregnant at 19. Like, hey Wendy, your mom didn’t abort you — not that she could have because Roe V. Wade didn’t pass until a decade later — so therefore you should join us in making it next-to impossible for any other woman to have an abortion ever! I mean, you even went to Harvard! (Mind you that Ivy League education does not mean that you should be trusted to make decisions about your own body.) How many potential Harvard grads are being aborted every day? The tragedy. For fuck’s sake. Keep reading »
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 City on preventing teen pregnancy. You might not have thought, however, about Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, who prepared an epic 13-hour filibuster on Tuesday in hopes of blocking SB 5 — a bill in front of the Texas State House that would not only ban all abortions after 20 weeks, but would also close 37 of the state’s 42 clinics, making abortion access in Texas virtually null.
But Sen. Wendy Davis is both a badass reproductive justice warrior and teen mother. Keep reading »