Don’t Mess with Texas’ Women’s Rights

We wrote about Wendy Davis on our sister blog, all things e last week and the importance of her 11 hour filibuster to prevent a vote on strict new abortion laws during a special session of the Texas Senate. “Over 120,000 tuned in to the livestream and comments abounded on Facebook and Twitter in support. When the vote seemed eminent spectators caused such frenzy that the gallery had to be cleared in order for a vote to occur. The clock struck 12:02 in the process and the special session was over. That act took many voices but the result was a victory for women everywhere.”[1]

The victory though is bittersweet, as The Texas House of Representatives voted 96-49 to give approval to the proposed abortion regulations “House Bill 2”, which bans abortion at 20 weeks and will enforce some of the strongest regulations in the country.  One of the major issues with the bill (of which there are many) is that the Supreme Court has already established that a woman has a right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, which according to the courts is somewhere between the 24th or 28th week of pregnancy. This means the provision is in violation of federal law. The Senate will still need to pass it and this is where we need YOUR voice.

As Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America stated, “It seems like every time women looked up from doing their laundry of helping children with their homework, the Texas Legislature is right there taking aim at them again. Over the past few years, more than 50 women’s health centers have been shut down.”[2]

What can you do?

Get Inspired. Watch the clip below of Victoria Prude, from Texas who spoke and was removed from a special hearing on this measure at the Texas State Senate when they didn’t like what she had to say.

Learn why it’s unjust.  Check out Free Press Houston’s summary of the bill. You can read the bill in its entirety here.

Speak Up. Sign the Planned Parenthood petition to stand up for Women’s rights.

Share with your networks. Post it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Vine it.  Get it out there.  We stand with the women of Texas and this bill is reprehensible.

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Stephanie Grocott

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