Texas-Legislature

1:18/12:18 in texas

ok everyone, looks like the official senate computer says sb5 passes 17 to 12.

the texas democrats are arguing that it was after midnight. this was totally visible on the livestream, where because of the chanting, they didn’t get to the “s” names (in the alphabetic-order roll call) until 12:03 texas time.

people in the gallery are being arrested.

senators being escorted out of the chamber shortly after the bill UNCONSTITUTIONALLY passed. republicans called for a voice vote at 12:01 am and then proclaimed votes were taken at 11:59 pm to make this seem legal. votes. we’re. taken. after. midnight. SIGNAL BOOST THIS IS NOT OKAY

photo by Hannah Beck

thinkprogress.org
What The Mainstream Media Misses About Texas’ Ongoing Abortion Battle

Texas is 773 miles wide and 790 miles long. The proposed restrictions would wipe out all of the abortion clinics in the western half of the state, leaving just a handful remaining in urban centers. If the measures currently being advanced in the legislature become law, many women living in rural areas will be forced to travel hundreds of miles to get to the nearest clinic — a trek that low-income women, who struggle to take time off work and pay for transportation, aren’t likely to be able to afford.

And the real catch? Outside of the debate about abortion access after 20 weeks — even outside of the fight for abortion rights altogether — the “abortion clinics” in question are often providing health services that encompass much more than helping women terminate a pregnancy. Many of them also provide preventative care, family planning counseling, STD testing, and cancer screenings. And they offer those health services to Texans of both genders who are typically uninsured.

A MUST READ if you want to know WHY Texans are showing up in the thousands to protest this anti-choice, anti-women legislation.

click2houston.com
Gov. Perry calls for second special session of Texas Legislature to address abortion restrictions

Gov. Rick Perry announced a second Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin July 1 to address abortion restrictions.

OK LISTEN UP PEOPLE. OUR DICKWAD OF A GOVERNOR HAS CALLED A SECOND SPECIAL SESSION TO GET THE BILL THAT JUST DIED PASSED. ALL THIS SHIT STARTS AGAIN MONDAY.

Women rally after McAllen abortion clinic shuts down

Two men from St. Jude’s Catholic Church stood in prayer Saturday morning next to the Whole Woman’s Health Clinic.

A few feet to their right, a group of about 15 women held signs supporting the shuttered abortion clinic as passing motorists honked their horns in support.

Southern Texans for Reproductive Justice staged a rally Saturday in front of what was the sole abortion clinic in South Texas.

A federal appeals judge Thursday ruled Texas could immediately begin enforcing stringent abortion restrictions that effectively closed all but seven abortion facilities. The case could be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for a final ruling on the state’s abortion restrictions.

The closure of the Rio Grande Valley’s lone remaining abortion clinic forces women seeking abortions will have to travel 240 miles to San Antonio. Abortion is illegal in Mexico.  

Wearing bright orange shirts — the color chosen for the pro-abortion support group — the group’s organizer, Melissa Arjona, 33, of Pharr, said she wanted to show that pro-choice momentum is building in the Valley.

Arjona said she expected the appeals judge to force the clinic to close.

“It was pretty heartbreaking — expected — but it’s really upsetting that they’re closing the clinic,” she said. “Especially now that we’ve been escorting the women and seeing what they go through and how the protestors out here treat them and their approach.”

Read more here. 

statesman.com
Davis continues filibuster to stop abortion bill

Before a packed chamber and gallery, state Sen. Wendy Davis began a dramatic filibuster Tuesday morning designed to block passage of a controversial and politically charged anti-abortion bill.

A filibuster led by Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has been ongoing for more than 5 hours to attempt to block Senate Bill 5, a bill that would dramatically tighten abortion regulations. In order to succeed in preventing the passage of the bill during the current special session, she will have to speak until midnight. That’s roughly 13 hours since she began speaking at 11:18 a.m.

The majority of Davis’ words today have been taken from testimony submitted by people who wished to speak at a hearing last week

Read the story, and follow along with the social media conversation on Rebel Mouse and on Storify

“I’m going to be honest about what it feels like to be called that as a 14-year-old girl who has never had sex and who doesn’t plan to have sex anytime soon.

I feel disappointed.

It’s hard for me to understand why adults would be calling me this. It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would use this term for a 14-year-old girl.”

Read the rest of what Tuesday Cain had to say here. 

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If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, you at least have to go to the 6:30-ish mark and watch her passion, anger, and disappointment as she lays into her colleagues.  It made me tear up a bit.

From The Texas Tribune:

The lower chamber erupted into a gender war of sorts this afternoon, with Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, angrily accusing a special interest group of sexism and using exploitative images, and Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, suggesting that some lawmakers have pornography visible on the House floor. 

Thompson gave an impassioned personal privilege speech over flyers passed out in the House chamber about an insurance bill, HB 2093. The flyer, which was printed by the Texas Civil Justice League, said “Don’t Expand the Nanny State,” and had a graphic picture of a child suckling a woman’s bare breast.

“I am really disgusted, and I’m really ashamed, that there’s nothing better for some organizations than kicking women,” Thompson said, at times screaming into the microphone as many female lawmakers gathered in support. “I am appalled that the Texas Civil Justice League would go so low that they would put out these kind of hateful, resentful, bitter, despicable and violent flyers toward women just to get at a piece of legislation passed.”

E. Lee Parsley, the president and general counsel of the Texas Civil Justice League, wrote in an apology email that the flyer was a draft that was “never considered appropriate,” and that the existing copies should’ve been destroyed. He said he “showed extremely poor judgment” in handing the flyer to someone not associated with the Texas Civil Justice League, who scanned and distributed it.

“I am very sorry the offensive piece exists at all and that you had to see it,” he wrote. “It was in poor taste, and I accept complete responsibility." 

Following Thompson’s speech, Riddle came to the back microphone and said the flyers aren’t the only things offensive to women on the House floor. She suggested she’s even seen "pornography” as lawmakers work in the lower chamber. 

“You are a hero,” Riddle said to Thompson. “Do you think this has become standard operating procedure … with the way some of the men have treated some of the women? With pornography on the floor of the House?”

After the House adjourned, Riddle said her comments referred to an isolated incident where a male lawmaker displayed pornographic material on his cellphone. She declined to say who the lawmaker is, but said the issue has been resolved.

Thompson’s speech received a standing ovation. Following the speech, Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer asked the speaker if a handful of male lawmakers could arrange a meeting to ensure there was no objectification of women in the chamber.

ROCK ON REP SENFRONIA THOMPSON!!

Something amazing out of Texas during a week when I am absolutely disgusted by our state legislature.

1:12/12:12 in texas

ok so chris tomlinson on twitter says the senate computer says there was a vote, 17-12, to pass the bill

but the democrats are arguing that it was after midnight (since they were still roll calling at 12:03 i think so) and I think that’s what they’re doing up at the podium right now, but there’s still no one on a mic