SO CONGRESSPEOPLE IN MY COUNTRY ACCIDENTALLY MADE SAME SEX MARRIAGE LEGAL WITHOUT REALIZING IT AND NOW EVERYBODY’S SUPER CONFUSED AND NOBODY IS REALLY SURE WHAT JUST HAPPENED EVEN THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST HOMOPHOBE VOTED IN FAVOR OF THIS LAW…
“I decided to break the law to provide a necessary medical service because women were dying at the hands of butchers and incompetent quacks, and there was no one there to help them. The law was barbarous, cruel and unjust. I had been in a concentration camp, and I knew what suffering was. If I can ease suffering, I feel perfectly justified in doing so.”—
Dr. Henry Morgentaler, a Canadian doctor who was arrested four times for performing abortions, but whose arrests eventually led to the 1988 Canadian Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the country. He died this week at the age of 90. Good obit in the NY Times.
Can we please take a moment to acknowledge that Wendy Davis and Leticia Van De Putte on this day attended a special texas senate meeting to address an anti-abortion bill.
Wendy Davis filibustered for a goal of 13 hours, and was stopped just short of that in debate over whether sonograms are germane to abortion. PLEASE TAKE NOTE DURING A FILIBUSTER IN TEXAS, SHE HAS NO ACCESS TO WATER, RESTROOMS, OR FOOD. IF SHE IS CAUGHT LEANING ON ANYTHING, SHE GETS A STRIKE ESSENTIALLY. She remained standing the whole time regardless.
Leticia Van De Putte attended this special senate meeting ON THE DAY OF HER FATHER’S FUNERAL. She addressed the president of the senate being out of order numerous times; the biggest topic being whether or not sonogram laws were germane to abortion laws, in which she thoroughly explained why they are (Seriously? Do we have to have that explained anyways?). She then proceeded to be spoken over, and was not given a chance to speak, in which she calmly responded:
“At what point must a female senator raise her hand to be heard over male senator voices?”
Cheers erupted out of the house for 20 straight minutes.
THESE WOMEN ARE FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS. YOUR REPRODUCTION RIGHTS. YOUR PERSONAL RIGHTS AS A HUMAN BEING. IF IT WEREN’T FOR THEM, NEARLY ALL OF TEXAS ABORTION CENTERS WOULD HAVE TO SHUT DOWN. TEXAS IS A STATE THAT HAS FEW POLITICIANS LIKE THEM. SUPPORT THEM.
Whether you reblog, post on facebook, tweet on twitter. Spread the word, or donate to their campaigns to keep them where they are… PROTECTING THE RIGHT OF WOMEN IN TEXAS.
“Yes, false rape accusations happen. Run the protocol anyway. I’ve heard that perhaps the military has the highest number of ‘em. True or not, RUN THE PROTOCOL ANYWAY. Because in 15 years of investigating rape accusations, I can count those that panned out as false on one hand. Meanwhile, the one time I almost skipped the protocol, the one time I almost didn’t believe a petty officer, because I was naive as an investigator and a young woman, because her commanding officer described her as “a party girl, always late, always out drinking, don’t bother with this one”, she turned out to be the victim of one of the most brutal assaults I’ve ever investigated. She shouldn’t have still been -alive-, let alone up and making the accusation. So let me repeat: five false accounts in fifteen years. And one time I almost failed a woman ‘cause of the bullshit way it’s normal to talk about us. Take your shipmates’ word, and then run the protocol. Every. Single. Time.”— - JAG lawyer, speaking to my husband’s plant during Sexual Assault Prevention Month. (via circusbones)