When I watched hundreds of Texas women offer inspiring, intensely personal testimony about how Republicans' ghoulish anti-choice, anti-women-and-couple abortion regulations would impact their lives at the Texas Capitol earlier this month, I couldn't help but feel a little sad. The diverse collection of stories of those who took a Stand with Texas Women were stories that every Texan should hear, because they reveal unforeseen problems with the bad abortion legislation and shone light on existing cracks in Texas' system for women's health and reproductive justice.
Personal stories engage us at an emotional level and connect us to a shared experience, and it was disappointing that the inspiring stories of hundreds of Texas women would be lost forever to the ugly, pixillated, always-buffering, nearly-unwatchable video archive of committee hearings maintained by the State of Texas.
Thankfully, someone thought ahead. Watch Paula talk about her heart-rending experience with date rape and the difficulties that come from having a non-viable pregnancy. More testimonials are embedded below the fold and at this link.