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Username: Natalie San Luis
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Created: Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 01:04 PM CDT
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Natalie San Luis is a native Austinite, a feminist, and a freelance writer who focuses on issues of reproductive justice, race, and pop culture. She enjoys reading books, eating food, and drinking Texas beer. She tweets her jokes and rants @nsanluis.

Planned Parenthood Texas Votes PAC Will Spend $3 Million on Statewide Elections

by: Natalie San Luis

Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 02:30 PM CDT

Planned Parenthood Texas Voters, a PAC created four months ago, has announced plans to spend $3 million on efforts to get women voters to the polls in November.

The PAC, which recently received a $1 million contribution from Planned Parenthood Chair Cecilia Boone, will use the money to target 300,000 women, both known Democrats and moderate Republicans.

According to a statement released by Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, "This new organization builds upon the historic grassroots support for women's health care that was shown last summer" and intends to play a major role in the November elections.

Read more about Planned Parenthood Texas Votes after the jump.

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New Site Offers Outlet for Women to Share Abortion Experiences

by: Natalie San Luis

Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

Three Texas women recently launched a website that aims to take abortion conversations in a new direction by focusing on women's lived experiences.

Not Alone (notalone.us) was founded to help share the stories of women who have had abortions, "an experience shared by millions of American women is still too often surrounded by secrecy and shame," the website says.

The site hosts videos and written testimonies by women who decided to terminate pregnancies, as well as resources for individuals who need healthcare support or want to become involved in the reproductive justice movement.

The goal of Not Alone is to destigmatize abortion by encouraging women to speak openly about their experiences, to "make it clear that abortion is neither shameful nor uncommon."

Read more about Not Alone after the jump.

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What Cosmo Gets Right and Wrong About Abortion Stigma in Texas

by: Natalie San Luis

Wed Jul 16, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

When Jill Filipovic, senior political writer at Cosmopolitan, visited Texas last month, she was exposed to the culture of abortion stigma and shame that Texans experience regularly.

"Abortion stigma exists in every state in this country, but it is particularly powerful in Texas," she writes.

As a Texan and a woman who first learned about abortion in a Baptist church, her words ring true: Texas has an abortion stigma problem that fuels dangerous attacks on women's and trans men's autonomy.

But I'm also a Texan and a woman who witnessed last summer's protests at the Capitol, the incredible work accomplished by grassroots organizations, and the increasingly powerful progressive momentum across the state. Texas has a more complex story to tell.

Read more about Cosmo's coverage of Texas abortion stigma after the jump.

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3 Reason Why Texas Needs a Free Birth Control Program Like Colorado's

by: Natalie San Luis

Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

Last Thursday, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced that the Colorado teen birth rate has plummeted by 40 percent after the state began offering free contraceptives to low-income women.

Since 2009, Colorado has covered the cost for more than 30,000 IUDs for low-income women in the state. IUDs, as Supreme Court Justice/Supreme Defender of Women Ruth Bader Ginsburg has pointed out, can cost $1,000 for women without insurance, "nearly a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage."

As a result, Colorado has witnessed a significant decline in the number of teens giving birth and an accompanying drop in WIC and healthcare costs.

Meanwhile, Texas' teen birth rate and repeat teen birth rate remain higher than the national average. The Texas Legislature needs to follow Colorado's lead and make birth control more accessible for all women.

Three reasons why Texas needs free birth control after the jump.

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Texas Teen Pregnancy Rate Remains Higher Than National Average

by: Natalie San Luis

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

Telling teens that sex makes them as worthless as a piece of chewed-up gum or a used toothbrush may not be the most effective form of birth control after all.

The Texas Tribune reported on Texas' disappointing teen pregnancy rate and how it stacks up against the nation this week.

Between 1991 and 2012, the national teen birth rate dropped by more than 50 percent. Unsurprisingly, Texas has not kept up with the trend.

Read more about Texas' teenage birth rate after the jump.

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Texas Democratic Party Platform: Invest in Education and Pay Teachers Fairly

by: Natalie San Luis

Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

The Texas Constitution requires the Legislature to "establish and make suitable provisions for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools." Given their track record on school finance and their eagerness to defund all levels of public education, the Texas GOP doesn't seem up to the task of ensuring that Texas students receive a high-quality education.

The Texas Democratic Party platform, on the other hand, offers hope to Texans who believe that education is key to the state's success.

"Texas Democrats believe all children should have access to an exemplary educational program that values and encourages critical thinking and creativity, not the 'drill and kill' teach-to-the-test policy Republicans have forced on students and teachers," the platform reads.

Read more about how Texas Democrats demonstrate their support for public ed, higher ed, and teachers after the jump.

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Texas Democratic Party Platform: Decriminalize and Regulate Marijuana

by: Natalie San Luis

Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 03:00 PM CDT

The Texas Democratic Party Platform reflects support for policy changes that are gaining steam among Texas citizens and both sides of the aisle.

The platform includes a section on decriminalization of marijuana, citing jails filled with non-violent criminals, the success of regulation in Colorado and Washington, and the importance of cutting off the income streams of drug cartels.

"Texas Democrats urges the President, the Attorney General and the Congress as well as the Texas Legislature to support the passage of legislation to decriminalize the possession of marijuana and regulate its use, production, and sale as is done with tobacco and alcohol," the platform reads.

Read more about decriminalization measures after the jump.

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Bra Store in Austin Refused to Serve Trans Woman Without Proof of Bottom Surgery

by: Natalie San Luis

Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

There are very few situations in which it is acceptable for a stranger to ask pointed questions about another person's genitals. Petticoat Fair, a lingerie store in Austin that claims to help women "feel comfortable and confident," should understand that better than most institutions.

Unfortunately, the store demonstrated its ignorance on June 28 when trans woman Kylie Jack was refused service.

"An employee humiliated me by asking for ID stating I was female and saying I needed bottom surgery in order to get a fitting," Jack wrote on her Facebook wall.

Her experience with the store, which she described as "cissexist, transphobic, and transmisogynistic," sparked a viral wave of backlash against the store's trans-exclusive policy.

Read more about the trans community's response after the jump.

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Limited Abortion Access Endangers South Texas Women

by: Natalie San Luis

Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 03:30 PM CDT

One year after Wendy Davis filibustered HB 2, the abortion restrictions are unsurprisingly affecting women of color and low-income women disproportionately.

Last week, The Atlantic reported on the rise of unsupervised medical abortion performed by women in South Texas using misoprostol purchased at flea markets.

Misoprostol, which is available over-the-counter in Mexico, can be used as an abortifacient during the first trimester of pregnancy.

After the omnibus abortion legislation passed in 2013, women in Texas seeking a medical abortion must endure four doctor's visits and a 24-hour waiting period to take the pills.

Read more about the rise of unsupervised, DIY abortions after the jump.

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State Sen. Wendy Davis Releases Economic Policy Platform

by: Natalie San Luis

Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 01:20 PM CDT

Last week, state Sen. Wendy Davis unveiled a policy plan to ensure that Texas' economy and job market remains strong.

She spoke about her economic proposals, which center on investing in "human capital," in Fort Worth at the Omni Hotel.

"Hardworking Texans should have someone fighting alongside them, not against them," Sen. Davis said. "They deserve to have their tax dollars put to work for them."

Read more about Wendy Davis' economic platform after the jump.

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