Covering Texas politics as a feminist journalist, one of the things I hear a lot is: Why don’t you leave? What else do you expect … it’s Texas?
“Abortion didn’t start with Roe v. Wade; safe abortion started with Roe v. Wade. Women have always had abortions, and the issue at hand here is what kind of abortions are we willing to let Texas women have?”
Texans are being asked to return to their Capitol building on Sunday in a continued show of solidarity for reproductive rights, after a “people’s filibuster” took a committee hearing over the ten-hour mark in the wee hours of the morning Friday.
Hundreds of pro-choice Texans gathered in Austin Thursday—and into Friday morning—to testify against a bill that would shut down all but five abortion clinics in the state. “Our words are not repetitive,” testified one citizen, after a GOP lawmaker cut off testimony. “Our government’s attacks on our choice, on our bodies, is repetitive.”
A grassroots coalition of citizen activists will attempt a “people’s filibuster” of Texas’ omnibus abortion bill at a state house committee hearing Thursday afternoon.