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Demonstrations in Texas to Stand With Women
More than 5,000 people signed up for a "Stand With Texas Women" demonstration on the Capitol steps in Austin, Texas, on July 1 as Republican lawmakers revive an anti-abortion measure thwarted last week, Democracy Now reported. Texas Governor Rick Perry has called a second special legislative session after State Senator Wendy Davis and a "people’s filibuster" stopped a bill to close most of the state’s abortion clinics and ban abortions after 20 weeks.
One hallmark of the massive protest was the number of men who joined the rally for women’s rights, some even driving from as far as Houston and Dallas to attend, Think Progress reported. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, remarked to ThinkProgress that their presence showed “these are not just women’s issues, they’re family issues.”
Here are a few of their reported comments:
PHIL PERKINS: “They may pass it, but I’ll still protest it. And when they pass it, I’ll keep protesting it. Inside that building there are a lot of men working against women. I’m just representing all the men that are outside this building that support women.”
MICKEY SHANAHAN: “Just like every civil rights fight, if someone is not free, none of us are free. All of our rights are at stake. This is not the first issue where our rights have been eroded, but this is one that happens to affect 52 percent of the population. We all need to fight for this.”
BILL LAMBERT: “I drove all the way from Houston. I want society to be better than it is today and I wouldn’t have the right to hope for such a thing if women were still not fully emancipated and equal partners in that process. They hold up half the sky.”
MICHAEL COOK: “I’m the coordinator for the clinic defense team out of Houston. We have about 50 people in our clinic defense team, and about 35 of them are men. So in Houston there’s a lot of men standing up for this issue. There’s a lot of men who feel very strongly about it. We’re going to stand side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder with the women of Texas and show them that we support them.”
BEYRL ARMSTRONG: “I have a mother, I have a wife, I have nieces. It’s real important they be treated as competent human beings who can take care of themselves. These women are pissed off. Don’t kick sand in a Texas woman’s face, it’s not going to work.”
TED KRAUSE: “Women’s healthcare does not belong in politics. I’m a father of two girls and I have to protect their healthcare rights and their ability to control decisions about their body. I don’t think politics should be determining how a woman has access to her healthcare.”
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Photo Credit: Whole Women's Health (@WholeWomans) on Twitter
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