THIS WOMAN!

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I was going to post on something else today, but it just seems silly to talk about anything other than this historic moment!

Whether you are for or against abortion rights, you’ve got to be moved by Senator Wendy Davis. A former teen mom raising her daughter in a trailer park, and the first member of her family to go to college?

Starting out at community college, and ending up with a law degree from Harvard?

Didn’t sit, eat, drink, or go to the bathroom for at least 11 hours yesterday during her filibuster, and what I think was actually closer to 16 all told?

All while rocking some SERIOUSLY great hair, and a kicky pair of pink sneakers?

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I love this quote from her, from a filibuster two years ago:

“I’ve never worried about payback. People are hungry for leadership that’s not afraid of political consequence.”

Amen. Texas people are also hungry to be something closer to a swing state. Not all of us. But a very vocal group. We don’t want to be written off as backwards. We want the spirit of Ann Richards and Molly Ivins back in our midst. We want minorities to have a voice. We are hungry for thoughtful men. And women.

Now on SB5 specifically, the bill that would eventually have banned abortion in the state of Texas, and which was killed last night as a result of Wendy, along with several democrat senators and nearly a thousand protestors:

The tragic thing about a bill like this is that it assumes that less abortion clinics available statewide will mean less abortions, period. And the thing is, I get it when people are conflicted about abortion. I’m conflicted about abortion. My God, I can’t imagine being in a position where I’d have to make that call.

But abortion isn’t just irresponsible birth control, or a band-aid for “sex without consequences,” as it’s understood by most supporters of this bill. Austinite Carolyn Jones’ heart-wrenching story in The Texas Observer (and ensuing interview on Fresh Air) reveals the deep nuances in one’s reasons to abort, even when it’s a planned pregnancy, and you’ve done everything right.

So by taking away safe abortion options for women, you don’t eradicate abortion. You bring down abortion rates by making contraceptives more accessible. You bolster your women’s health clinics – not shut them down. And poor, rural women got the brunt of this bill, as the only remaining clinics would have been in DFW, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin.

This blog isn’t a political one, but it is an Austin one. And good Lord! All of you who were there, and all of the democrat senators gesturing to you from the floor a la Katniss Everdeen: I felt so very proud, watching you.

To see the citizens of my city rally for something they believed deeply in: Choice, and safe options.

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  • Amy in Austin

    Last night was special indeed. Wendy Davis is beyond special, and I couldn’t me more proud of her selfless stand for our rights.

  • creede

    Austin made me proud last night. Wish I could have been there.

  • Mandy

    Amazing woman! She made us so proud. Great post!

  • http://walkingwithcake.com/ Catherine Harper

    Yay, thank you for writing about this! I have renewed faith in my fellow Texans today. :)

  • Camille

    Thank you for posting this and for your tweets too. It was so great to see you and my other favorite bloggers voice support and solidarity on Twitter this past Tuesday.

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  • Pangy

    Bravo, Tolly. Good read.

  • http://www.spangledparaphernalia.com/ Chelle Lynn

    Ok, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who was *extremely impressed* by that fabulous hair of hers.

    More seriously, though, thank you for your thoughtful commentary. I’m no good at voicing political opinions without also exposing my extreme emotional and personal attachments to my views (don’t legislate my body, yo), so I will just say that I was in the middle of a Vegas casino when I read the outcome of the filibuster, and I literally cried with joy and pride. We Texans are a strong, strong people.

  • Chantelle Wallace

    Very fair commentary – thank you. No matter which side one takes on this situation, Sen. Davis definitely deserves her title as The LeBron James of Filibustering. I’ve finished three full marathons, but can’t imagine the physical pain of filibustering for 11+ hours.