Thursday, June 27, 2013

I Love Wendy Davis

June 27, 2013

Yesterday the news was filled with reports about State Senator Wendy Davis from Texas and her filibuster. She was trying to prevent passage of a bill that would severely restrict abortions in the state of Texas.

She stood on her feet and talked for eleven hours about the bill, unable to lean against the table, drink water or use the bathroom. What kind of archaic rules are those? Only those good old boys from Texas could come up with something like that. But stood she did in her pink sneakers. I know I could probably talk for eleven hours but don't think I could handle the lack of bathroom breaks. That alone should endear her to every woman in America.

She was finally stopped just shy of the deadline on a technicality but the bill did not get passed because Democrats were able to delay the vote and the chanting crowd needed to be contained. People who were there in support of Ms. Davis. She is a role model for all young women. She was a single mom living in a trailer park when she graduated at the top of her class at Texas Christian University and went on to Harvard Law School. She is an outspoken member of the State Senate. So outspoken in fact the Republicans tried to have her area redistricted in order to include more Republicans at election time. But that was thrown out by federal judges.

She had filibustered in the past about a bill that would have left public schools 4 billion dollars short on funds. So she is an advocate for women and children. Not very popular subjects in Texas, it seems. Hooray for Wendy!! Keep up the fight. And really I just don't understand why men get to have a say in the abortion debate. As I have often heard , "If men could get pregnant abortion would be a sacrament."

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