The Impact of HB2* on Women of Color

ALEXIS JORDAN

The national media missed its chance to cover the SB5 debate and filibuster in real time. Despite being contacted by hundreds of pro-choice activists, the cameras didn’t start rolling until after Tuesday night. Now that the battle against restrictive abortion laws in Texas is receiving national attention, Senator Wendy Davis is at the core of almost every report. Though Sen. Davis took an incredible stand for the women of Texas, her story is not the only story. 

In the House, the battle to delay a vote on SB5 was controlled almost entirely by women of color. Representatives Dukes, Farrar, Gonzalez, Allen, González, and Thompson were responsible for offering amendment after amendment to SB5 – all rejected without debate. The bill’s sponsor in the House, Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, not only refused to answer questions on the floor about the bill, but refused to take the mike to enter her Motion to Table…

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Hundreds Attend Abortion-Rights Rally In Dallas

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A rally organized to condemn a restrictive abortion measure has drawn more than 200 people to downtown Dallas.

Planned Parenthood took its Stand With Texas Women campaign to City Hall Plaza Wednesday, drawing a crowd of orange-clad protesters carrying signs like, “Don’t Mess with Texas Women.”

More than 1,100 supporters attended a similar rally the day before in downtown Houston. Another stop is scheduled for Wednesday evening in Fort Worth, the hometown of Sen. Wendy Davis. She earlier led a Democratic filibuster that put the bill in the national spotlight.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was among the speakers Wednesday in Dallas.

The group said that policies put in place by Governor Rick Perry and the state legislature have already forced the closure of more than 55 women’s health centers, and if SB1 passes dozens more health centers will shut their doors.

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