Ann Richards (1933-2006), Former Democratic Governor of Texas from 1991-1995.
You fierce Texan beast of a woman who fought for me, stood up for me, and others like me whose voices are not always heard, or considered.
I pray that you look over your daughter, Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the work that she does. I pray that you strengthen and defend your daughters in spirit, fighting at the capitol, your former home.
I pray that you support Wendy Davis, who stands up for me today. She literally stands – for 13 hours, with no food, water, or even a bathroom break. Let her stand with your strength. Do not let her falter.
Today millions of women in Texas stand to lose access to their rights. Their health hangs in the balance on this day. You were tireless in your work during life, and I pray that your indomitable spirit continues on in death, and that you will fight for us, as you always did.