BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 27, 2013
It looks like Wendy Davis, the Texas State Senator who made headlines back in June for her 11 hour filibuster of a bill that would expand abortion restrictions, is just getting started. According to Politico, Davis has been telling Democrats that she plans to run for governor in 2014.
Although no official announcement has been made by Davis herself, the senator tweeted a fundraising request in anticipation of “something big” to be announced next week, and now, according to CNN, two democratic sources have confirmed her intent to run. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 11, 2013
Hornet Signs, a Waco Texas based printing company, should probably start looking for a new advertising director. As a promotion for their products, the company printed a decal that featured a woman, bound and tied, curled up in the bed of a pick up truck.
The image of a blonde woman in jeans, her hands bound and tied, hair obscuring her face, was placed on the back of a Hornet employee’s pick up truck to showcase how realistic the company’s signs look. After seeing the decal, multiple residents phoned the police, fearful for the woman’s well being. Read More
A Waco, Texas pastor named A.J. Aamir recently banned the wearing of hair weaves by staff in his church. He justified his decision by saying that "black women are getting weaves, trying to be something and someone they are not."
Um, hello controversy.
Aamir, who grew up in an Islamic household, suggests with this statement that hair weaves project a false image of the woman wearing them, and that they should therefore be prohibited in the sacred place.
The pastor told American Preachers, "Long hair don't care. Read More
BY Mary Grace Garis
on Aug 06, 2013
If you’re looking for good (well, good-ish) news for women in Texas, here’s something. Thanks to an 11 million dollar budget appropriation for the Texas Department of Public Safety, thousands of untested rape kits can finally be analyzed
Which is cool, for a second, until you do a double-take on that line: thousands of untested rape kits.
So this triumph is sort of marred by the fact that there was a severe backlog for so many years. The guestimate is somewhere between 16,000 and 20,000 untested rape kits. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jul 30, 2013
I don’t know when it will ever get through peoples heads- just because you make something illegal doesn’t mean that people will stop doing it, nor does it even begin to solve the problem. Texas, the reality is that abortions happen with or without legality and when you pass a bill that closes all but 5 abortion clinics, the reality of the situation doesn’t change.
The result is more women endangering their lives and psychological stability by finding ways to induce abortion without a clinic. There have been more reports saying that "flea market" abortions have become the norm is Texas. Read More