A little over a year ago the country watched with bated breath as a female Senator from the Lone Star State stood up for women’s reproductive choice in a 13-hour long filibuster to close out the Texas legislative session. Overnight Wendy Davis became a household name and drove sales of her now iconic running shoes.
The reason for the filibuster was Senate Bill 5, which sought to impose statewide restrictions banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to change their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. In other words, the bill sought to place arbitrary barriers to abortion access, under the guise of protecting women’s health. Despite Wendy’s successful filibuster and the Orange Army of thousands who supported her efforts on June 25, 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry called a special legislative session shortly after the filibuster to once again push anti-women’s health legislation via HB 2. He succeeded and the harmful laws are impacting Texas women today with problems accessing safe medical care.
Texas is not alone. States across the nation are pulling out all the stops to pass legislation that is just as dangerous as the new laws in Texas. So far this year at least thirteen states have introduced or passed anti-abortion legislation.
However, it is worth noting that restriction to women’s reproductive health care is not limited to state attacks. This is increasingly apparent in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell vs. Hobby, which rendered that some corporations will not have to provide insurance coverage for birth control.
As we did in Texas, women and men across the nation need to band together – to embrace our inner Wendy – and fight for a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions, whether that’s access to birth control or abortion.
Are you fed up? #JoinTheDissent now and raise your voice.
Decidedly fed up,
Erica at PPAC