Monday, June 24, 2013

More Dispatches from the Front Lines of Choice

[Content note: rape]

So since I've last written, things are getting worse! As of right now, the House passed SB5, the 24 hour waiting period has been suspended for the senate, and it's hitting their floor. I wish I could get out there now, but I will have to wait until this evening. I'm trying to keep my chin up, but things aren't looking good. The idea was to delay this to the end of the special session Tuesday...just run the clock out, but Lieutenant Gov. Dewhurst has said Gov. Perry may just call another special session anyway. The fact of the matter is that the Republicans have the votes they need.


Anyway, all day yesterday I was at the capitol with over 1,000 other people in orange making our pro-choice presence known. I was passing out t-shirts with Planned Parenthood and helping to keep our overflow room (that I've dubbed the Prochoice Lair) clean and stocked with refreshments.

[Image text: from inside the Texas Capitol Rotunda looking up at the three levels of pro-choice protesters. What you can't see is the 200-ish people on the ground floor with me.]

I was there when Representative Laubenberg made her now infamous comments. She said, "In the emergency room they have what's called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out." in an attempt to refute an amendment that would be added to the law with an exemption for rape victims. Clearly her claim is incredibly damaging and erroneous, but beyond that, it carries the extra horrible implications that "good girls" go and get a rape kit done when they are "really" raped.

I want to scream.

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