by Doctor Science
As I write, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis has been talking for more than 7 hours and has less than 4 more to go, in her filibuster to block passage of an omnibus abortion bill.
Texas Senate rules are strict, and Davis is required to stay on-topic and on her feet at all times. Davis' staff are collecting testimonies for her to read into the record:
Are you in Texas? And/or has access to reproductive health and abortion care impacted your life?-- though of course testimony from Texans, of any age or gender, will have priority. You can submit your testimony here, by clicking the blue button.
Please provide a story for her to share. You and your story do not have to be from Texas
As for the bill, it
would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. Also, doctors would be required to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles — a tall order in rural communities.I'm pondering what I might give her, but in the meantime I wanted to get this out before her clock runs down. If the whole process isn't derailed by a point of order, that is.
"If this passes, abortion would be virtually banned in the state of Texas, and many women could be forced to resort to dangerous and unsafe measures," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and daughter of the late former Texas governor Ann Richards.
Update: I sent her the following testimony:
Years ago, when the issue of banning so-called "partial birth" abortions came up nationwide, a pro-life family member asked me, "why would anyone want to do such a thing?"
I told him that I'm pretty sure a friend of mine had that procedure, and that it saved her life -- and her child's, as well.
My friend had, after great difficulty, managed to get pregnant and stay that way, and was carrying twins. The process was so difficult that it was pretty clear that this would her and husband's one shot at biological parenthood. As I recall she was in about month 5, possibly later, when one of the twins started to die.
Because it's really none of my business, I don't know many details, including whether the one twin was unequivocally dead when they decided to do an intact dilation and extraction, or just mostly dead. The thing is, this horrible-sounding procedure is generally the best method for getting a dead twin out of the uterus while leaving the healthy one behind in the warm. Because my friend had access to experienced surgeons at an excellent hospital in a blue state, she was able to carry the surviving fetus to full-term, though she was mighty sick of bed-rest by the end of it. But it was worth it: her son is a great person -- healthy, shockingly intelligent, and a warm-hearted joy to be around.
My friend, her family, and her doctors had to make a choice. "Have all three survive people in good health" was *not* one of their options: they could save one person, two people, or none at all. An icky late-term abortion meant that they came out with two healthy people, the best possible outcome. This abortion, at least, saved lives.