Why Wendy Davis is a Hero (Fueled by Hunger Pangs)

Let me preface this by saying, I am exhausted. My body is still searching for carbs to fuel it (an update on that later), which means I walked around like a zombie for the past few days. Therefore, I am angering a bit easier.

My stance on abortion is that I am pro- healthy babies. 

There are options out there for women now, including different types fo adoptions that I can count – I’m pretty sure you can just come up with your own terms, as long as everyone agrees with them. Which an amazing thing.

But a woman has to want to have that baby first.

I read this article the other day in the New York Times. Those lobbying for abortions restrictions don’t think about the whole situation – low-income (usually) mothers being forced into something they don’t want to do, much less something they can afford. So, a baby is already at a disadvantage as they come into the world – probably from poor nutrition and undoubtedly a lack of human connection. I’ve seen women planning to give their babies up for adoption. They don’t typically talk to their stomachs, like doting, excited parents would. It’s easier not to think about it. So, here’s this baby whose mother doesn’t really want it, whose not getting proper nutrition, whose not getting any sort of human connection, who will probably never know anything about their mother because what adoptive parents want to tell their, “Sorry, your birth mother didn’t want you at all, truthfully.”

It’s just not a good place for us to go as human beings. 

A brave, wonderful woman fought for women to continue to have the right to choose in Texas well into last night. Wendy Davis, a Democrat from Fort Worth, courageously stood in front of many men, and stood up for women everywhere, during a 13-hour filibuster.

The Texas Senate was attempting to pass Senate Bill 5, which restricted abortions to 20 weeks or less, said facilities must be ambulatory surgery centers and physicians must have privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Texas, but it’s easy to drive 30 miles to get somewhere. It’s a big state, and there’s still tons of open space. Additionally, with the surgery center requirement, the state’s facilities would go from 42 to 37, making it virtually impossible for many low-income women to find a facility they can reach.

Senate Republicans tried their hardest to deter Senator Davis and other Democrats who were defending basic human rights. They tried their hardest, and then they lost. After Davis received the last Point of Order, her fellow Democrats painstakingly stalled. And then stalled some more. Then the spectators took it into their own hands, erupting in chants and cheers as the Republicans attempted to pass the bill last minute. Due to the noise, the vote was taken just after midnight, killing the bill and protecting women’s rights everywhere.

I’ve never been prouder to be a woman in Texas. Last night renewed my faith in politics; that there are still people out there in it for the right reasons, to speak for the rest of us and make sure our voice is heard.

Thank you, Wendy. And Kirk Watson, Letitia Van de Putte and the others, still in this for the right reasons. Thank you for preserving my basic human right to do what I want with my own body.

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