If I slammed my head against the desk every time I heard something idiotic happened this weekend, the BUST office would be covered with dents.
At the anti-abortion law hearing at the Texas Senate Chamber this Friday, feminine hygiene products were confiscated, for fear that they would be "thrown at Senators."
Yeah, that's right, guys. Tampons are a real issue in this country. How many people have to die from tampons before we need to pass tampon-banning ... Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jul 08, 2013
Everyone remembers the kick-ass filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis which prevented the vote on SB-5, a Texas bill which would prevent abortions after 20 weeks as well as imposing costly requirements on abortion clinics and providers; essentially, this bill intensely reduces access to abortions on many levels.
Even though Davis was able to postpone the vote, the Texas House Affairs committee managed to bring it to the table again after Gov. Rick Perry called a ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jun 25, 2013
If Arizona wasn't already getting you all riled up, now Texas is making things even more infuriating. Sunday night, hundreds of protesters crowded into the Texas capitol in an effort to stop the passage of Senate Bill 5. SB5 essentially piled all of the bills that didn't pass during Texas' normal session into one huge anti-abortion agenda. The bill is a whole bundle of abortion restrictions that will result in the closure of almost all of Texas' abortion clinics, ... Read More
BY Christian Detres
on Mar 25, 2013
THURSDAY - DAY 1 @ SXSW
It's 5AM and I'm running down the stairs of a Greenpoint, Brooklyn walk-up with the wild delusion that I'll get a cab to get me to Newark airport in time for my 6:30 flight. $80 and an hour and twenty-six minutes later I'm panting, out of breath, in the remnants of a line boarding my plane to Austin. There are leather jackets, guitar cases, vanity sunglasses, and black band t-shirts everywhere. The mass exodus of the stereotypical is ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Feb 07, 2013
“Land of the Innocent” is the latest from electro-pop group Feathers. This Austin, Texas gals give us the best synthy beats and moody vocals with this track off their upcoming album If All Here Now, set for release April 15th. The video gets an A+ for the ladies’ super dope threads and strange, ethereal imagery. Watching this video just makes me want to zone out and drive my car around until I get lost.
Photo via ... Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on May 30, 2012
Diane Tran is a straight-A student at Willis High School near Houston, Texas. She takes advanced placement and dual credit courses, and works hard for her good grades. She works two jobs outside of school to support her older brother and younger sister, for whom she is financially responsible. She is also, according Texas law and Judge Lanny Moriarty, a criminal.
Tran was recently sentenced to 24 hours in jail and a $100 fine for missing too many days of school. ... Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on May 15, 2012
Last month, Texas lost the Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which formerly served 130,000 low-income women by funding clinics that provided preventative care. (BUST blogged about this issue before the cut was made.) This care included cancer screenings and contraception--some of the affected clinics were Planned Parenthood-affiliated, but none of the federal money contributed to abortions. Texas Governor Rick Perry decided that no government funds should be ... Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Mar 14, 2012
Once again, women’s rights are under attack. The Medicaid Women’s Health Program, a health-care program for low-income women in Texas, is in danger of losing $35 million dollars of federal funding because Governor Rick Perry won't allow any of it to go to Planned Parenthood.
This program, which funds preventative care (including cancer screenings and contraception), currently serves 130,000 women by donating to many clinics in Texas--including ... Read More
Here's a bad idea from Texas, the state that has been bumming us out hardcore lately:
There should be a law that all women considering abortions in the state of Texas must have sonograms performed on them to view fetal images, hear fetal heartbeats, and have fetal features described to them...by their doctors...out loud.
You and I are probably thinking, isn't this idea fucking unconstitutional?
Well, not according to an appeals court in Texas. They have ... Read More
BY Intern Caroline
on Jan 19, 2012
In "Well, That Was Inevitable" news, Rick Perry announced today that he's dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. His campaign started out strong but faded fast after the politician's dismal performances in debates where it seemed like he couldn't remember the basic bullet points of his platform or form complete sentences.
After his homophobic-rant of a campaign ad disgusted Americans from all ends of the political spectrum earlier this ... Read More