Texas House Approves Dangerous Bill to Virtually Ban Abortion

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The Texas House of Representatives just voted to pass the crap legislation that will basically end access to safe and legal abortion in the state and and close all but five abortion clinics in the state of over 26 million people. A state where an estimated 130,000 women are already going without basic, preventive health care due to the legislature’s drastic cuts to women’s health care funding that closed more than 55 health centers.

Even worse, the House voted down an amendment proposed by Republican Rep. Sarah Davis to preserve the ability of rape victims and women whose lives are in danger to access safe and legal abortion.

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Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, has this to say:

Over the past few years, we’ve seen relentless attacks on women’s health and rights in the state of Texas. Already, these attacks have hurt hundreds of thousands of women, and will hurt many more if the legislation the House approved tonight becomes law. With this vote, the Texas House of Representatives ignored not just the thousands of Texans who have spoken out against these attacks on women’s health, but the vast majority of Texans.

Who else did they ignore? The Texas Medical Association, the Texas Hospital Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. But really, what do those idiots know about women's health care?

The bill will now head to Senate – look for happenings there as early as Thursday.

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I'm actually incredibly heartbroken right now. I grew up in Waco and left for New York at 18. My mom still lives there. My best friends live all over Texas. Women. Men who have women they love. Women and men I've known from childhood.

I've watched them via Facebook and talked phone calls and see them every couple of years. I've seen them have children, get married, grow their careers, and sometimes, need abortions. Or want abortions. I've seen their children slowly get fucked over by the educational system that Rick Perry's administration has been destroying.

I've seen my mom, an educator for 35+ years, forced to retire early because of all the damage. Her special-needs students are far worse-off than even 5 years ago. I've seen so many friends become extremely young mothers because of the complete absence of sex ed (of which I was subjected to growing up). Many of them wanted abortions. and though their children are here now and loved, they deserved to have a choice. Some of them wanted to keep their fetuses and wanted to have a baby. So they did. But the system doesn't care to help teenage single moms anyway. Unless you're religious. then maybe.

one of my best friends develop CERVICAL CANCER because the shitty shitpie that is HealthCare and health insurance industry in Texas- she could not afford regular paps. She used to be able to...when she was able to go to Planned Parenthood where they have programs, sliding scale fees, etc. But then her reliable place got DEFUNDED. when she was finally able to get a check up, her high-grade lesions were difficult to remove. and it kept coming back. and now she has cancer.

so much for pro-life.

My friends and my family deserve better. My friend's kids deserve choices and autonomy and education and insurance and the pursuit of their own goddamn happiness to live a life BETTER than their parents. But it's going to be worse.

I have always been an incredibly proud Texan. I still cook my southern foods, listen to country, wear my boots, say "'y'all" and stand up for my state CONSTANTLY since moving to New York.

but not today. the Texas govt does not care about my friends. they do not care about family. They care about their religious zealotry and are blinded by their greed and misogyny.

I weep for my friends tonight. I'm happy to say that I live in state now that routine provides me with affordable, preventative healthcare at my OBGYN, and that when I wanted whatever birth control I wanted, I could get it. When I wanted an IUD at 18, they were like "here are the facts. what is your decision?" and did not say "no slut, not until youre 30 or have a child already". It was MY decision and I thank New York for trusting me with it.

and now that I am a mother, I am even more enraged by all this. NO ONE should have any say in what I carry or do not carry in my body. Deciding to have my (unplanned, unexpected - I got pregnant WITH an IUD) daughter was the most momentous hard decision of my life. I love her with all my being. But I got to make that choice. New York let me make that choice. and that choice in and of itself has made me a better, stronger, happier mom.