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A messages to pro-lifers about so-called "pro-choice harassment" in Austin, TX

Pro-lifers are directly responsible for:

  • The murders of four abortion doctors
  • The murders of two clinic employees
  • The murder of a security guard
  • The murder of a clinic escort
  • 17 attempted murders against abortion providers and clinic workers
  • 3 kidnappings committed against abortion providers
  • 153 incidents of assault and battery
  • 41 bombings of abortion clinics
  • 173 arsons of abortion clinics
  • 91 attempted bombings or arsons
  • 619 bomb threats
  • 1630 incidents of trespassing
  • 1264 incidents of vandalism
  • Over 100 acid attacks on abortion clinics and their employees
  • An axe-wielding Catholic priest who drove his car into a clinic
  • Letters filled with anthrax sent to over 500 abortion clinics
  • Physician “wanted” posters placed in the neighborhoods of numerous doctors who perform abortions
  • Endless stalking of abortion doctors and clinic employees
  • Forcing clinics to have escorts and court orders, in order to curb harassment from screaming, pushing, and often violent pro-life protesters on a daily basis
  • Fun fact!: Doctors at abortion clinics can’t receive admitting privileges at local hospitals because the local hospitals don’t want to be harassed by anti-abortion protesters once they find out that said local hospital granted admitting privileges to an abortion doctor. 
  • Another fun fact!: Clinics in the southeastern U.S. fly in doctors from other states, because their local doctors were stalked, harassed, and either killed or received unending death threats from pro-lifers. 

So, let’s talk about harassment, shall we?

I was here four weeks ago in 50s garb talking about how we weren’t going back to a pre-Roe v. Wade era with about 70 women in the first senate hearing of SB5. I didn’t know at that time four weeks later, that I’d still be in committee rooms.

It seems a little repetitive if you ask me.

But I also didn’t know how our numbers would increase to 7,000 at the Capitol. Inspiring. And show that Texans know better. We are a pro-choice majority.

We’ve revealed the best and the worst of our state legislators. Some brave enough to stand up for women’s health, and some who have shamed and thwarted the political process. And some, like our bill author, don’t even know what a rape kit actually does.

I’m from El Paso. The closest abortion clinic is four and a half hours away in Albuquerque. Their closest in Texas is 600 miles to San Antonio. A woman will do what she needs to do.

These bills are solutions looking for problems.

The clinic in El Paso serves about 30% of women from Mexico. You’re putting women in danger across the borderland, not that you care. Gosnells occur because of poverty and lack of access. You’re not going to change your mind.

You can call us an unruly mob for our involvement in the democratic process. You can dehumanize us in order to continue refusing to listen to us. But when you vote yes to pass these bills and women have no other options and you hear of the injuries and the deaths, I hope you know that that their blood will be on your hands.

Good luck in your primaries, since risking the well being of Texas women is apparently worth your political gain.

—   Testimony from Shelby Alexander (@ShelbyLAlex) on HB2 to State Affairs Committee

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.