Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis officially announced that she will run for Texas governor Thursday, following weeks of speculation among Democrats and progressives in Texas who’ve been rooting for the Fort Worth native to make a run for statewide office ever since her news-making 13-hour filibuster of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill this summer.
In a highly unusual, but largely symbolic, move, eight members of the Texas Department of State Health Services Council Thursday morning declined to vote on proposed rules that would put an omnibus anti-abortion bill signed into law this summer into action.
Documents released Monday by the Texas Department of Public Safety show no evidence that the “feminist army” of orange-clad pro-choice supporters brought containers of urine and feces to the Texas state capitol this summer during debates over an omnibus anti-abortion bill.
The documents, which were requested by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in May, show that the state already had one of the nation’s most proactive and aggressive systems to police abortion services and ensure that facilities were complying with those rules.
When I decided to come to Austin for a summer internship with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, I knew I was signing up for an interesting few months. What I didn’t know is that at 20 years old, entirely alone in a new city, I would have an abortion myself.
The Texas senator said she’s put her pink sneakers back to work “running on the trail.” Washington, D.C. reporters wanted to know if she meant the campaign trail in the next governor’s race.
A Houston crisis pregnancy center’s director says she expects an “inevitable influx of clients” after the passage of HB 2, which will shut down the vast majority of legal abortion clinics in Texas. But that’s precisely what the bill’s proponents said would never happen.
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a sweeping abortion measure, my heart broke for all of “my girls”—Texas minors seeking to terminate a pregnancy through the judicial bypass process.
There is a larger theme of the anti-choice movement that the Texas decision really brings to the forefront: The profound commitment to unfairness and inequality that holds the anti-choice movement together. It’s unfair to Texans, unfair to lower-income women, and unfair to taxpayers.
“What happens next?” That’s the question on Texan lips this week as we watch Gov. Rick Perry sign an omnibus anti-abortion bill into law. My answer? Much.