Women across the U.S. can’t get a break from the attacks on our most fundamental rights.
The war on women has been particularly hard fought in Texas–where politicians will take every opportunity to strip women of their rights. In fact the women we see today wearing, “Stand with Texas Woman” t-shirts once made t-shirts that said “Don’t Mess with Texas Woman”–only to be threatened with a lawsuit from the Texas Department of Transportation, who claimed they were only ones allowed to use the words “Don’t Mess with Texas.”
Then yesterday, we learned that Texas Governor Rick Perry would call yet another special session to try once more to pass his abortion ban, in spite of the work of Wendy Davis and women in Texas to stand up for their rights.
During her filibuster, Wendy Davis stood and spoke for 13 hours in the Texas legislature, without sitting, without leaning on her desk, and, most baffling, without stopping for a bathroom break. Under Senate rules, any of these actions would have destroyed her filibuster and allowed the ant-abortion bill to become law. The lack of a bathroom break has even led some in the blogosphere to wonder whether Davis might have been wearing some sort of protective diaper or other device.
I realize, therefore, that Davis may have missed a great theatric opportunity. At one point, a male Republican legislator tried peppering her with questions, challenging her right to filibuster. I wish she had responded to him in this way: