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David Dewhurst Wants to Protect Texas Women From A Night of A Thousand Vaginas!

by: Genevieve Cato

Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 04:00 PM CST

What do Zach Galifianakis, Retta, and Josh Homme have in common? They were all part of a host of comedians, musicians, and other celebrities who came together on Sunday to raise money for Texas abortion funds through A is For. The event, called "A Night of A Thousand Vaginas!" sold out and raised $20,000 for Whole Women's Health Fund, Lilith Fund, Fund Texas Women, and the TEA Fund.

David Dewhurst also capitalized on the event, making it the central focus of a fundraising plea and "petition" on his campaign website. "There is nothing funny about abortions," Dewhurst's fundraising email said. Sarah Silverman wasn't laughing either when she opened the event saying, "Our rights are being chipped away."

Dewhurst promised to "protect" Texan women from "Hollywood," but what exactly is he guarding against? The funding goes straight to abortion funds in Texas so that women can access safe, legal abortions - even if they can't pay for them on their own.

More on Dewhurst and A Night of A Thousand Vaginas below the jump.

The event was organized by Martha Plimpton and Sarah Thyre, and comes on the heels of an online telethon hosted by Silverman that raised $50,000 for Texas abortion funds last year. During an impromptu silent auction amid the stand up routines, actor Michael Sheen and Mike Mariano, Raising Hope's showrunner, duked it out for a white hat worn by Phyllis Diller at the sold out event.

Dewhurst certainly would not have been impressed. In his fundraising email, he said:

It's disturbing that people who don't even reside in Texas feel the need to change our laws, and use comedy as a way to raise money for a medical procedure that can deeply harm the health of a woman, not to mention end an innocent life.

In fact, abortion funds like the ones supported by this event help to ensure women's health by advancing access to legal abortion services for women around the state. As legislation like House Bill 2 - which, in Dewhurst's opinion, doesn't harm the health of women - continues to erode access to reproductive healthcare services, abortions funds will become increasingly necessary for the reproductive health of Texans.

As a spokesperson from A is For explained,

While it's always interesting to watch anti choice politicians try to raise money from the women they're determined to undermine, as far as Mr. Dewhurst goes, we'd like to give him an A for effort.

We'd also like to remind Mr. Dewhurst that the real threat to women's health is the 1/3 of clinics forced to close in his state, leaving so many poor, immigrant, and already marginalized women at risk.

The night was a huge success. And we plan to keep fighting for women's right to make their own decisions when it comes to their bodies.

Donations to these abortion funds are invaluable to helping Texans access safe abortion services, no matter their financial situation. As Dewhurst continues to oppose reproductive freedom under the guise of "protecting women," funding for these organizations has never been more important.  

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