Marfa, Texas by Emily Blincoe
Yesterday Texas Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) filibustered a Republican bill outlawing most abortions in the state long enough to help block the bill. That meant standing for nearly 11 hours. The clock ultimately ran out on the bill, the vote occurring after midnight as is constitutionally mandated in the state.
For some background on the abortion debate in Texas (and nationwide), an interview with Texas Observer writer Carolyn Jones about her own abortion and the state’s controversial sonogram law.
And an interview with Carolyn Cline, executive director and CEO of Involved for Life, and an anti-abortion advocate and proponent of pregnancy centers in Texas.
Image of Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’ pink sneakers as she filibustered the abortion bill yesterday in the Texas State House via The Washington Post
Journalist Carolyn Jones, who has written about her personal experience with the Texas sonogram law for The Texas Observer, talks with Terry Gross about whether a state-required script detailing the abortion procedure impacted her decision to have an abortion:
It had no impact on my decision to go ahead with the abortion. None, whatsoever. It was a private choice I’d made and I was going to stick with that private choice no matter the people who tried to interfere with me. In terms of my broader frame of mind, it did make me feel very angry — and I still do, I still feel very angry — that someone who had absolutely no say in, you know, my personal decisions could still be there at that moment. The darkest, the darkest day of my life was the day that I found out that information and had to make that decision. That someone could invade upon that — a politician who has absolutely no jurisdiction over my private life, that they could invade upon that and so reduce my dignity — I do feel that that’s an incredible injustice and I still do.”
While by no means exhaustive, you’d be hard pressed to hear a more eclectic sampler of the stuff that makes Texas music great.
(c) Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
His ongoing costs are minimal: that sweet, tiny tax bill; just over $80 a month for DSL Internet and phone service (it cost $10 to bury the cables and run them out to his property); and a $500-a-year donation to the Marfa public radio station, his lifeline, he said, during the months before he had the Internet.