As yet another late night of testimony on omnibus anti-abortion legislation continued inside the Texas State Capitol building Monday night, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and reality show star Michelle Duggar made the trip from their home state to headline an anti-choice rally.
As Whole Women’s Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller told the state Health and Human Services Committee at the special senate hearing Monday, the ambulatory surgical center requirements put forth in SB 1 are “unnecessary and completely unrelated to patient safety.”
Unwilling to stay up late, Texas state Rep. Byron Cook shut down a public hearing just after midnight Tuesday night with over 1,000 people waiting to testify on the omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB 2, that would close all but five abortion clinics in the state.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis achieved an unexpected victory for the reproductive health movement last Wednesday, but she didn’t do it alone.
An estimated 5,000 protestors, wearing shades of orange from burnt to bright, flocked to the state capitol building in Austin Monday as lawmakers gaveled in to the second special legislative session of the year.
Activists have taken to Amazon to write reviews of the hot pink sneakers that Wendy Davis wore during her infamous filibuster. Buried in the hundreds of reviews, some of which are very funny, are also some stories about abortion and reproductive rights.
“The Promise of Texas is bigger than personal ambition and extremist interests—bigger than one political party. Together, we can do what they won’t—we can stand up for each other, stand up for what’s right—and stand up for Texas.”
Most Texans don’t want a special session to pass anti-choice legislation. So why are Rick Perry and David Dewhurst pushing for it? Because the religious right controls the Republican primary system, and ultimately owns the politicians who come out of it.
Wendy Davis and SB 5′s opponents know: The legal right to an abortion means nothing to the person who can’t get to a clinic, the person who can’t speak the language spoken in a clinic, the person who doesn’t have enough money to pay for an abortion, and the person who doesn’t have the required documentation.
Republican Gov. Rick Perry has called a second special session, calling legislators back to the capitol to continue his dogged fight to decimate access to safe, legal abortion in Texas.