Naysayers would have us believe that Texans have surrendered to the inevitable, that they have stopped working for reproductive rights after the fervor of the summer of 2013. Nothing I have seen in the last year suggests that they are any less angry, any less passionate, than they were last June.
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.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis achieved an unexpected victory for the reproductive health movement last Wednesday, but she didn’t do it alone.
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.
Think House Republicans are deficit hawks? Not when it comes to rolling back reproductive rights.
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.
Wendy Davis wouldn’t have won re-election if she hadn’t challenged GOP gerrymandering under the section of the VRA that was gutted by the Supreme Court this week.
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.