Target: Governor Rick Perry
Goal: Do not open any more special sessions for an anti-abortion bill
A Texas anti-abortion bill, which would have closed down virtually every abortion clinic in the state, is now dead; however, Governor Rick Perry still has the option to open up to thirty special sessions during which the bill could pass. After less than noble tactics used by anti-abortion lawmakers seemed to have derailed Senator Wendy Davis’s filibuster, the people rose up to strike down the injustice that could have occurred. Take action now to make sure this threat to women’s health does not rise again.
Senate Bill 5 would have banned abortions after 20 weeks, as well as made the requirements of places offering them so stringent that all but five would not be able to continue running. Those in favor of the bill claimed that they were fighting to protect women, though those opposing were quick to point out that making abortions virtually impossible would force women to resort to other dangerous tactics.
Wendy Davis began filibustering at 11:18 am on June 25 2013, prepared to keep speaking for thirteen hours in order to stall the bill past its midnight deadline so it would fail. Her filibuster was cut short at around 11 hours when Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst ruled that she twice strayed off topic, and once received physical aid when a colleague helped adjust her back brace.
While anti-abortion lawmakers where extremely strict with applying rules that would work against Davis, they were quick to throw them out the window to help their own cause. The actual vote for the bill took place past the midnight deadline, and for a few hours they attempted to argue for its validity despite over four hundred witnesses to what actually happened. Thankfully, the people rose up and demanded justice through protest, and the bill is now dead; however, this might not be the end of the issue.
As Lt. Governor Dewhurst was eager to point out, Rick Perry has the option to open an additional special sessions for the bill. While the opposition was able to successfully stall this time around, Perry has already called for at least one additional session. Despite a clear message from the people that they do not want this bill to pass, lawmakers such as Dewhurst were quick to be dismissive, making remarks such as “It’s over. It’s been fun. But see you soon.” Such politicians have failed in their role to represent their constituents, and are clearly seeking out their own agenda. Do not give them the chance.
By signing the petition below, you will help urge Governor Rick Perry to not open up any more special sessions for the anti-abortion bill. Take a stand to show anti-abortion legislators that women deserve better.
Dear Governor Perry,
After a late night protest by the people, Senate Bill 5 did not pass. A clear message has been sent that such radical legislation does not belong in your state. Do not allow this piece of legislation to go to additional special sessions.
Whatever your personal position on abortion, as governor you have a responsibility to represent your people. With over fifty percent of the population of Texas female, this bill is a prominent marker to see if you are working for your constituents. Supporters of this anti-abortion law repeatedly cite women’s health, that they are trying to help protect women; yet the only thing they are doing is making abortion virtually impossible for almost all Texans. The only way to believe that such a measure would benefit women is if one took a blind eye to the fact that they would be forced to turn to dangerous alternatives. Politicians have been ignoring inconveniences involved in women’s rights for far too long. Women deserve better.
Women deserve better than having 624 laws regulating their bodies in the United States, while men have zero. Women deserve bodily autonomy, what is considered a human right. We have laws that say even in death, no matter the benefits, your body cannot be used without your consent. If someone else needs your body parts to live, you are not required to give them to them. By these standards, a woman carrying a fetus should be consensual, and she should be allowed to deny consent at anytime. Yet this bill would limit bodily autonomy to a right only in theory, not in practice, for a majority of women. Women deserve better than only having theoretical rights. Women deserve better than having less autonomy than corpses.
Please do not open additional special sessions for this bill. Although you yourself may be against abortions, this bill is far too radical and far too dangerous to women. Take a stand for long overlooked women’s rights; take a stand for the majority of your constituents.
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