The Texas state Senate passed House Bill 2 late Friday night, ensuring the closure of most of the state’s reproductive health clinics for women, as opponents vowed to capitalize on weeks of momentum generated by demonstrations against the measure.
“The fight for the future of Texas is just beginning,” said Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who became a focal point of opposition to the bill following her 13-hour filibuster on June 25, which delayed the bill’s passage and touched off a series of demonstrations both at the state Capitol and on social media.
“There are people in charge here who want this bill to move very quickly so they won’t be delayed in their climb up the political ladder,” Davis said, a veiled reference to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R), who previously referred to demonstrators as an “unruly mob.”
The bill, preceded by an additional prayer mandated by Dewhurst, passed by a partisan margin of 19 to 11 and followed one last day of demonstrations, which Republican lawmakers attempted to counter by banning female hygiene products from the building.
So in a nutshell the Texas Senate said yes to more prayer and control of women's reproduction and no to feminine hygiene products.
You know as far as metaphors go it really does not get much better than that.
So I think that this should inspire Texas Democrats and Texas women to wrest the control of their state from the misogynists currently running the joint and put it into the hands of those who actually care about it's actual people, and not just its POTENTIAL people.
It is time to turn Texas blue.
I think it is not only possible, I think it is probable.
I think our friend Tina Dupuy sums it up quite nicely.
Texas just moved The Handmaid's Tale to the non-fiction section.Update: Oh and by the way that whole thing about protestors sneaking in urine and paint? Yeah that might be total bullshit.
— Tina Dupuy (@TinaDupuy) July 13, 2013