Everything is Bigger in Texas, Even Abortion Restrictions

Despite the herculean effort of State Senator Wendy Davis‘ 13-hour filibuster against a severely restrictive abortion bill a couple of weeks ago, Governor Rick Perry called for a special session of the Texas House of Representatives in a last-ditch effort to save the piece of legislation:

Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (via CNN)

As of last night, the bill (which includes further restrictions on abortion clinics, doctors, and pills, as well as banning the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation, will leave only five clinics able to perform abortions in a state that is home to nearly 26,000,000 people) was passed and is now it’s way to the Senate.

In a time where pieces of legislation such as these are being passed more frequently than ever before, often based on misinterpreted science and religious dictates, we need skeptics to fight back more than ever before.

To help protest the bill, consider signing this petition to Texas lawmakers (via Planned Parenthood) and speaking to your own reps in any state where these sorts of actions are limiting women’s choices.

About Lauren Lane

Lauren Lane is the co-founder of Skepticon, the Midwest's largest skeptic student-run conference and remains a lead organizer today. She has not one, but TWO fancy art degrees and is not afraid to use them.


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