Target: Rep. Giovanni Capriglione
Goal: Criticize politician for demanding Sen. Wendy Davis pay $2.4 million
Texas Representative Giovanni Capriglione demands that State Senator Wendy Davis foot the bill for the legislature’s third special session of this summer. Sen. Davis heroically filibustered an anti-abortion bill that threatened to ban all abortions after 20 weeks and place severe restrictions on abortion clinics. Unfortunately the bill was eventually passed by Governor Rick Perry, who called for another special session to address transportation funds. Rep. Capriglione argues that Sen. Davis should “reimburse the taxpayers for the entire cost of the second special session” because of her valiant 11-hour filibuster.
Capriglione pettily accuses Davis of using the filibuster to capture national attention and having “forced this special session.” He conveniently overlooks the fact that Davis was defending the fundamental forms of health care that women need; she was attempting to stop the bill that left only five clinics remaining in Texas. If Capriglione were genuinely concerned in saving his constituents money, he should also take into consideration the fact that the new bill make abortions much more expensive, heavily impacting low-income classes and minorities.
By signing the petition below, you will chastise Rep. Capriglione for his small-minded demands and remind him that not only are filibusters legal but Wendy Davis was giving voice to thousands of women and men all over Texas. The Representative also seems to forget the fact Governor Rick Perry was the one to call for another special session for transportation, not Senator Davis. Perhaps Senator Davis herself explained the situation best, stating “it’s unfortunate that the leadership in power squandered taxpayer dollars pursuing partisan politics before Texas priorities and forced an unnecessary special session.”
Dear Representative Giovanni Capriglione,
Your demands that Sen. Wendy Davis foot the bill for the third special session are ludicrous. During her grueling 11-hour filibuster, the Senator spoke on behalf of women who live in Texas as well as throughout the country and beyond. Claiming that Davis was using the filibuster as an opportunity to gain personal fame is an outright denial of the negative impacts that the anti-abortion bill will have on the lives of thousands. An apology to Sen. Davis is in order for your narrow-minded, partisan comment as well as to the women you insulted by dismissing the bill’s implications.
We would like to remind you that the recent session called to discuss transportation issues was not called on by Davis but by Governor Rick Perry himself. Additionally, filibusters are legal because it allows representatives to bravely stand up and speak out against what they see as unjust; your insisting that Davis foot the bill is unfounded because she was using the filibuster for that exact purpose. It is time for you to own up to the reality that Davis was operating within the law and to recognize that her filibuster was to protect the lives of Texans.
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