| Texans don't want the Legislature to mess with Texas women.
According to a poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Chesapeake Beach Consulting, Texans oppose more abortion restrictions and think that they should focus on economy and jobs.
From the survey:
Of registered voters, 63 percent say the state has enough restrictions on abortion and 71 percent thinking that the Governor and legislature should be more focused on the economy and jobs. A majority opposes the sort of legislation passed by the state Senate and being considered by the state House during this legislative Special Session, believing that it imposes further restrictions on abortion. Overall, only 34 percent trust the Governor and the legislature to make decisions about women's healthcare.
52% of Texas voters think that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Unfortunately that statistic seems not to apply to Texas legislators.
This poll solidifies what the entire world was watching last night, as over 700 Texans showed up at the Reagan building for a State Affairs committee hearing, and waited for hours to speak out against HB60 and HB16. Chairman Byron Cook tried to shut down the hearing, but the voices of Texas women prevailed, as testimony continued until early this morning. It was an awe-inspiring show of strength, and the many organizers and groups that made it happen deserve much thanks for their tireless effort. Read Andrea Grimes' excellent recap here.
These draconian anti-woman bills would shut down all but 5 abortion clinics in Texas and make it all but impossible for most Texas women to exercise their right to choose.
If passed by the Republican legislature and signed into law by Governor Perry, these omnibus anti-choice bills would make abortion inaccessible for hundreds of thousands of women across Texas.
Texas women don't need politicians interfering in their own private medical decisions.
Help keep the pressure on TODAY. The State Affairs committee is holding a closed-door hearing on SB5, the Senate companion to HB60, at 1pm today in room 3W.15.
Just because we're not allowed in the room doesn't mean we shouldn't show up in full force to remind the Legislature that Texans are watching, and we don't like it when they mess with women's health.
You can also call Representative Byron Cook's office to let him know how disappointed you are with his handling of public testimony last night at 512-463-0730. Texas women deserve to be allowed to speak, especially when our basic reproductive rights are at stake!