By Samantha Ritchie
Democrat Texas Senator Wendy Davis stood for 11 hours which blocked Republicans passing legislation that banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
In 1973, the US Supreme Court legalised abortion nationwide. In conservative states, they pushed legislation which limited abortion procedures. For example, in North Dakota you can only get an abortion if the fetus has no heart beat. This means the foetus must be younger than 6 weeks. If this type of legislation passes Texas becomes one of the most strictest states on abortion in America.
Wendy Davis blocked a bill in the US senate from passing by standing for 11 hours discussing why it should not go through. While Wendy spoke, pro choice campaigners jeered her on the gallery. This caused the republicans to run out of time and the Bill to be thrown out.
Yesterday, Rick Perry came out condemning what Wendy Davis did stating she should be with the republicans on this vote… Why would she be against this Bill when she was a teenage single mother herself? And not only that, Wendy went on to get a law degree from Harvard. She’s a success story as far as he’s concerned. Perry stated;
“In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”
Supporting this bill would mean that only 5 out of 42 abortion clinics would stay open in Texas. Also, in Texas, the rate of women having access to birth control is decreasing. Thus, making it much easier for a woman to get accidentally pregnant.
Fundamentally, Mr Perry is dictating to women what they should do with their bodies. Mr Perry will never experience a child in his stomach. Mr Perry will never go through the pain of a miscarriage. And Mr Perry will never have to make a decision on whether to terminate a pregnancy.
Mr Perry has ordered law makers to return on July 1st.
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