In Texas, virtually all of the State Level Offices are held by Republicans, and mostly be Men. Ann Richards, the firebrand Democrat, became the Governor in 1990, promising to add positions for Women and Minorities in State Government. Richards is probably best remembered for her speech at the 1988 Democratic Convention when she said: “Poor George (H.W. Bush), he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”
This week, the Texas Senate took-up a highly restrictive Bill–limiting Abortion to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, and effectively closing all Abortion Clinics in the State. It also would have decreased Women’s Health Care Statewide, and especially among poor and rural Women. You don’t have to necessarily advocate Abortion in order to respect each Women’s Right to Choose for themselves.
Tuesday, Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis staged a ten hour filibuster, on the last day of the 2013 Legislative Session. Well the backing of Progressives Statewide flooded the Statehouse, and even helped add a “Citizens Filibuster” to delay a vote until after the Midnight Deadline. The closed circuit TV was shown throughout, and it went viral on the Internet. Even President Barack Obama tweeted that something special is happening in Austin, while en route to Senegal. The linked article from the Washington Post is: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/06/27/wendy-davis-and-the-new-resistance-against-anti-abortion-laws/?print=1.
Yesterday, Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), speaking at the National Right to Life Convention, mentioned that he had already called the Senate back to a special session, this coming Monday, specifically to pass the Abortion Bill. It appears, however, that the Texas Conservative actions might have energized not only Progressives, but Women, in general. Cheap prrediction: the Texas Senate Session, on Monday, will be the most-watched show on TV.
Furthermore, Gov. Perry pointed-out that Sen. Davis should have looked at her own situation. Born to a single Mom, raised in a trailer park, she too became a single Mom at age 19. But, she put herself through college and Harvard Law School, and is now in the State Senate. Gov. Perry, however, is over-simplifying, since she cannot speak for another Woman, who might not have the same drive, the support group or the determination
Oddly enough, Senator Davis points-out that Planned Parenthood was her “Medical Home”. Planned Parenthood provides much of the Health Care for Poor and Rural Women in Texas, and around the Country: basic check-ups; breast screening; pre and post-natal care; etc. Only about three percent of the Planned Parenthood’s budget is for Abortion; but, none of that is funded by the State or Federal Governmets.
And, to complete the circle, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, was in the Texas Statehouse on Tuesday night to complement Sen. Davis’ outstanding performance. Ms. Richards is the Daughter of former Governor Ann Richards.
The following article, “The Wendy Davis Rebellion in Texas”, from The American Prospect, is linked as follows: http://prospect.org/article/wendy-davis-rebellion-texas. Traditionally, Women and Latinos, in Texas, have not been very active politically, however, perhaps that might change, in the Post-Wendy Davis Filibuster Era. The Republican War on Women appears to be getting more, and more, interesting.
CHEAP PREDICTION: The broadcast of the Texas State Senate, on Monday, might be the most-watched show on TV.