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Woman Dragged Out Of Texas Capitol

Posted by on Jul. 10, 2013 at 11:24 PM
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Thousands of Texans have rallied against the restrictive bill that would criminalize abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and shut down most abortion clinics in the state. One activist, a 28-year-old Texas woman named Sarah Slamen, delivered a powerful speech against the legislation during a hearing on Monday. However, she was soon interrupted mid-sentence by the senators, and hauled out of the room by several state troopers:

"I will thank you, though, first. It was destiny that you would discriminate against us and try to force your way inside the bodies of Texas women. Thank you! For finally working against women so publicly, and not in the shadows like you’re used to. Thank you for every single bad press conference with your bad information. Thank you for every hateful statement degrading women and girls to sex objects, and brood mares, and bald eagles, and leather wallets, like your eloquent pro-life supporters have done today.

Thank you for being you, Texas legislature. You have radicalized hundreds of thousands of us. And no matter what you do for the next 22 days, women and their allies are coming for you. Let’s start down the line. Senator Campbell, you’re an ophthalmologist. So I won’t be making you the expert on reproductive health. We can give you all the children with chlamydia and herpes in their eyes, since we don’t have Sex Ed in this state." 

As she was taken away, Slamen yelled, “This is a farce. The Texas legislature is a bunch of liars. It’s a low bar that you hold yourself to that you simply allowed us to speak.” She later said in an interview with the Daily Kos that there was a crowd of supporters cheering for her as she left the Capitol building.

Despite the pro-choice activism on display in Texas, legislators are attempting to rush through the bill in a second special session, after a “people’s filibuster” helped defeat the first. Since Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) quickly called a second special session to advance the bill, Republicans have restricted the hours of debate to advance it as fast as possible.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/09/2274061/state-troopers-texas-woman-epic-testimony/?mobile=nc



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lga1965
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM
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Good for her ! She must have scared those guys if they dragged her out. Truth hurts. And strong women frighten patriarchal,good old boys.
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parentalrights1
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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Pro lifers need to take a long walk off a short pier

I don't think I'll ever really HATE anyone for their beliefs, but this comes really damn close.
SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM
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 I call bullshit when she said we don't have sex ed in this state. Maybe not where she is at, but we most certainly do where I am at. They sent home notes about it, and if I objected, I had to send the note back. She is not real credible. I live in Texas and I know what I am talking about. 

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM
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We can give you all the children with chlamydia and herpes in their eyes because we don't have sex ed in this state. She is full of shit, and this kind of article pulls at the heartstrings, but she is full of shit. My school district does have sex ed. 

Emilytrademark
by Bronze Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 1:51 AM
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The point is less about what she said and more about the fact that she was dragged out of the room for no reason other than the legislators didn't like what she had to say. All voices should be heard, not just one side. 

I've lived in Texas all of my life. The town I grew up in only offered abstinence-only education. Many conservatives agree with abstinence-only education which is what this young lady was speaking out against. I am glad to hear that your school district is more progressive.

Quoting SEEKEROFSHELLS:

We can give you all the children with chlamydia and herpes in their eyes because we don't have sex ed in this state. She is full of shit, and this kind of article pulls at the heartstrings, but she is full of shit. My school district does have sex ed. 


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LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Jul. 11, 2013 at 2:09 AM
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My, oh, my... Texas is certainly making an international name for itself...

Emilytrademark
by Bronze Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 2:11 AM
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I agree.

I understand why this issue is emotionally charged. I have had two living babies and have lost one in utero... such experiences cause you to reexamine life, death, and the sacredness of the processes by which we bring life into the world.

But such experiences also make you deeply appreciate the right to choose. My right to choose allowed me to choose to carry my pregnancies to term, to choose to let my body miscarry naturally instead of in a hospital, to choose to decline an induction when my due date came and went without a baby.. as soon as we allow our government to control a choice such as whether or not we can terminate a pregnancy, that will open the door for our government to control all sorts of medical decisions that would inevitably become the consequence of the pro-life political stance. China comes to mind.

I've never had an abortion nor have I desired to have one, but people close to me have chosen abortion. They have also chosen to carry pregnancies to term, and they have chosen to give babies up for adoption. I have the utmost respect and compassion for these women who had to make these decisions. Not one of them made a decision out of selfishness, and not one of them made a decision without consideration to the potential child's best interest. None of them are irresponsible people. Not that their intentions or level of responsibility should have any bearing on their legal rights, but we all know what the extremists say about women in difficult situations.

As for a woman who finds herself pregnant, having survived difficult pregnancies myself, I cannot fathom forcing an unwanted pregnancy on another human being. The level of inhumanity behind that is astounding to me.

There are so many philosophical, legal, moral, economical, and scientific reasons to be pro-choice, it really blows my mind that so many choose to cling to their Bibles instead (or should I say, their interpretations of the Bible). Luckily for them, they get a choice in what they want to believe... one that they don't want to afford to others.


ETA- regardless of one's position on abortion, the way Texas leaders have behaved with regard to this bill has been nothing but shameful. They have tried to push it through illegally, got caught (with no reprimand), and have continuously tried to silence the voice of the people. There was absolutely no reason that this young lady should have been escorted from the room.

Quoting parentalrights1:


Pro lifers need to take a long walk off a short pier

I don't think I'll ever really HATE anyone for their beliefs, but this comes really damn close.


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Emilytrademark
by Bronze Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 2:12 AM
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Unfortunately... *covers face in shame*

Quoting LindaClement:

My, oh, my... Texas is certainly making an international name for itself...


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Aestas
by Gold Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 2:55 AM
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This deserves a standing ovation. You should have been there to testify!

Quoting Emilytrademark:

I agree.

I understand why this issue is emotionally charged. I have had two living babies and have lost one in utero... such experiences cause you to reexamine life, death, and the sacredness of the processes by which we bring life into the world.

But such experiences also make you deeply appreciate the right to choose. My right to choose allowed me to choose to carry my pregnancies to term, to choose to let my body miscarry naturally instead of in a hospital, to choose to decline an induction when my due date came and went without a baby.. as soon as we allow our government to control a choice such as whether or not we can terminate a pregnancy, that will open the door for our government to control all sorts of medical decisions that would inevitably become the consequence of the pro-life political stance. China comes to mind.

I've never had an abortion nor have I desired to have one, but people close to me have chosen abortion. They have also chosen to carry pregnancies to term, and they have chosen to give babies up for adoption. I have the utmost respect and compassion for these women who had to make these decisions. Not one of them made a decision out of selfishness, and not one of them made a decision without consideration to the potential child's best interest. None of them are irresponsible people. Not that their intentions or level of responsibility should have any bearing on their legal rights, but we all know what the extremists say about women in difficult situations.

As for a woman who finds herself pregnant, having survived difficult pregnancies myself, I cannot fathom forcing an unwanted pregnancy on another human being. The level of inhumanity behind that is astounding to me.

There are so many philosophical, legal, moral, economical, and scientific reasons to be pro-choice, it really blows my mind that so many choose to cling to their Bibles instead (or should I say, their interpretations of the Bible). Luckily for them, they get a choice in what they want to believe... one that they don't want to afford to others.


ETA- regardless of one's position on abortion, the way Texas leaders have behaved with regard to this bill has been nothing but shameful. They have tried to push it through illegally, got caught (with no reprimand), and have continuously tried to silence the voice of the people. There was absolutely no reason that this young lady should have been escorted from the room.


Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.

Aestas
by Gold Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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I escaped from Texas just under a year ago now. It seems it was none to soon. Rick Perry had already managed to take my reproductive health care away via defunding PP, which is where I went for well woman exams and BC when I didn't have insurance. There were times when I could not have afforded to get that care anywhere else.

Fortunately, it seems that Texas is likely to turn blue within the next ten years, whether they like it or not. Changing demographics FTW!

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