Target: Texan Women’s Health Advocates
Goal: Praise those who protested against extreme anti-abortion bill in Texas
A new abortion bill was presented in Texas that would put major restrictions on availability and legality of abortions in the state. In response, more than 700 Texans protested the bill and successful delayed a vote on the bill.
Senator Glenn Hegar, a Republican Congressman from Texas, recently presented an omnibus abortion bill, SB 5, to the Texas Congress. This bill would ban abortion after twenty weeks, require that doctors distribute abortion pills in person (rather than telemedically), and would leave only five sites in all of Texas where abortions could legally be performed.
Texans were outraged by the possibility of this piece of legislation being passed, especially after the Senate did so. Over 700 Texans attended a protest in Austin to ask the House not to pass the legislation. This protest turned into a citizen’s filibuster, with 10 hours of testimony from the individuals who showed up to speak. These protesters spoke in turn about the importance of women’s health and choice, and successfully delayed the House’s vote on the bill.
By signing the petition below you will be supporting those who are speaking out against the anti-abortion bill. Your voice supporting the protestors is also in support of a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.
Dear Texan Protestors,
The right of a woman to make decisions about her own body is inestimable, but is currently under attack in the United States — especially in Texas. With the existence of anti-abortion legislation such as SB 5, it is necessary that individuals who value freedoms and women’s health speak out against destructive policies.
I am writing to praise you for standing up against the antiquated ideas of SB 5 and supporting women’s health and agency. Your decision to participate in the citizen’s filibuster is meaningful not only to women who will choose to have an abortion in the future, but also to women who have been condemned for their decision to have an abortion in the past. Your bravery and solidarity with women in Texas was not only incredibly meaningful for those reasons, but also a productive step towards delaying the vote on this bill. Please continue to stand in solidarity with women and continue to protest this harmful piece of legislation.
[Your Name Here]
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