Posts tagged "texas"

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

Julie Gerstein / June 27, 2013

Texas Governor Rick Perry Plans Special Session For July 1 To Vote On SB5 Despite Last Night’s Defeat

Oh hell no. Texas Governor Rick Perry has said the state legislature will hold a special session on July 1, saying that “too much important work remains undone,” referring of course to the complete dismantling of women’s reproductive rights in the state. Yesterday, Texas state Senator Wendy Davis filibustered for an astounding 13 hours, preventing…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 26, 2013

Watch: Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte Challenges Senate President, Sets Off Powerful Crowd Protest

Last night’s incredible defeat of Texas Senate Bill 5, which would grossly limit safe access to abortion and reproductive health care, has largely, and rightfully, been attributed to Fort Worth Senator Wendy Davis. Her 13-hour filibuster was a critical piece of defeating the legislation. But we cannot understate the importance of other pro-choice senators i…

Julie Gerstein / June 26, 2013

Thanks To Senator Wendy Davis And Texas’s Feminist Army, #SB5 Is Dead

Early this morning, after a 13-hour filibuster yesterday led by Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, Texas  Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst finally officially ruled that Senate Bill 5 — the devastating anti-abortion bill that would decimate women’s access to reproductive healthcare — had not come to a legal vote before midnight and was therefore dead. Shortly before midnight, Davis’ filibuster…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 26, 2013

Images From Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’s Landmark Filibuster For Reproductive Rights

As of this writing, State Senator Wendy Davis is in her tenth hour of a 13-hour filibuster (you can watch here) against Senate Bill 5, a bill which would drastically limit Texas women’s access to safe abortions. If the bill is put into law, 37 of Texas’s 42 abortion clinics will be closed. Davis ha…

Julie Gerstein / June 25, 2013

Watch Our Hero, Senator Wendy Davis, Filibuster To Stop Texas’ Anti-Abortion Bill SB5

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is currently in the process of filibustering SB5, the devastating anti-abortion bill that would decimate women’s access to reproductive healthcare. To stop the bill, Davis will need to speak continuously for 13 hours in order to run down the clock and prevent a vote. Texas law prevents her from drinking,…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 25, 2013

5 Things You Need To Know About Texas’ Anti-Abortion Bills––And The “Feminist Army” Fighting Them

If you don’t live in Texas, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of House Bill 60 (HB60) and Senate Bill 5 (SB5), a pair of rabid anti-abortion measures that aim to effectively outlaw abortion across the entire state. I’ve followed the HB60/SB5 saga through the articles and Twitter updates of Texas pro-choice activists (and…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 24, 2013

The Soapbox: Why Men Need Abortion As Much As Women Do

Liberal guys like me are often kind of squeamish when it comes to talking about abortion. I mean, we support it. We describe ourselves as pro-choice. We share the ridiculous things that asshole Republicans say on Facebook. (Did you hear the one about the masturbating fetus…?) If we’re straight, and we maybe decide to joi…

Dan Solomon / June 19, 2013