It’s changed names so many times I can barely keep up with it. But last night, the disgusting piece of legislature now known as HB2 passed committee. The Senate Finance Committee (I’m still boggled by the fact that a FINANCE committee is making this decision) will hear the abortion bill at 10:00 am on Monday morning.
I spent last night glued to Twitter, reading updates about the bill.
Rep. Bryon Cook, Chair of the House State Affairs Committee is an asshole, let his obvious bias dictate who he let speak and who be scolded for outbursts. The anti-choicers apparently knew that they were letting people sign up to testify early, and there is suspicion from those who were there that they were just signing random names up in opposition target than real people actually being there.
There was a man who testified last night – a JUGGLER – who was supporting the restrictions/ban*. What the hell does a JUGGLER know about my body? My choices? My life? How is this juggler going to be affected by this bill? He isn’t, unless he and his wife get a poor prenatal diagnosis at 16 weeks and have to wait four weeks for the chromosomal tests to come back with the worst news he’ll ever get in his entire ballsy life.
God, I know people say that they don’t want to wish TFMR on their worst enemy, but I want these people to at least feel an inkling of the trauma that I’ve gone through. Is that cruel of me? I want the bill’s sponsor to be faced with a horrible prenatal diagnosis. I want David Dewhurst’s daughter to have to get a weird ultrasound at 20 weeks.. I want someone Rick Perry loves, admires, and respects to admit to having an abortion after a rape. And I don’t care if me saying this is cruel – I want them to learn a little EMPATHY for people who are in such a luxurious position as they are. Even if those things did happen, it wouldn’t matter. They can all afford to one of the new abortions. They can all afford to leave the state.
People are estimating that this little bit of legislature would TRIPLE abortion costs in Texas – and that’s not including travel time. I paid $2500 for my abortion. If I were faced with this again (at $7500), I’d be able to pay – because my family supports me and we would scrimp up the money to help make this happen, but just because I would still be able to protect and do what’s best for my family doesn’t mean everyone can.
YOUR REALITY IS NOT UNIVERSAL!
What would these politicians have me do? Refuse treatment once my daughter was born? Give her up for adoption and start over? Or quit my job, sell my house, and sell my soul to the insurance companies and live in debt (slavery) for the rest of my working days.
Texas shits on everything that I hold personal and dear – personal choice, education, the environment. CORPORATIONS have more rights than I do in Texas.Rick Perry might read my e-mail if I were a corporation.
I really want to be in Austin on Monday, but I’ll be 4 days past IUI, and don’t want my stress levels to get too worked up. Maybe I’ll schedule my massage for next week?