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A Texas Senate Committee listened to testimony for and against Texas Senate Bill 1. This bill will effectively close all but five Texas centers that offer women legal abortions among other many important services. It restricted pregnancy terminations to 20 weeks even though some issues may arise that necessitates them. Simply put, it takes away many women’s rights and gives the government control over a woman’s body.

Many anticipated that the anti-choice movement would have flooded the Texas Capitol on Monday since they ensured that the rally would occur late in the afternoon when it is cooler and when more people are off from work.

The anti-choice movement was only able to get out one thousand or so persons. Inasmuch as they brought buses from out of state, they were unable to match the true grassroots nature of the progressive movement that is sweeping across Texas.

More photos and news of the rallies below the fold.

Just the week before, the pro-choice movement brought out over five  thousand persons. They rallied with resolve. They vowed to make their votes heard in order to turn around the talibanization of Texas politics by Republicans which is also sweeping through red states throughout the country.

The grassroots nature of this pro-choice movement is simply a symptom of a bigger grassroots movement. While the anti-choice movement has been top down, puppets led by puppeteers, this pro-choice movement has morphed into more, a democracy grassroots movement. The signs were about the Senate anti-woman bill and much more. The discourse among attendees included promises to work to bring Texas from 51st in voting to number one, allowing all its diverse citizenry to force Texas to reflect the will of every Texan, liberal, progressive, Conservative, black, white, Latino, Asian and everyone in between.

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Originally posted to ProgressiveLiberal on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 08:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by Abortion, Pro Choice, Sluts, Hellraisers Journal, and TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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