I met Lori Harris as I left the Texas Senate. I was listening to Texas District 10 Sen. Wendy Davis drill Texas District 18 Sen. Glenn Hager on his draconian bill, Senate Bill one that would effectively shut down all but five abortion clinics in Texas. I needed to find a restroom and she pointed the way. I saw her look of disapproval as I wore orange, the "Stand With Texas Women" T-shirts that have been dominating the protest in Austin for the last month.
I decided that she was ripe for an interview. It turns out, interviewing Lori was pleasant, amusing, and in some ways frightening. To be clear, Lori seemed to be a very nice person with strong religious convictions. What is frightening is that her religious convictions over the years have been indirectly codified into Texas law.
Lori’s convictions are Bible based which when codified excludes anyone not believing in her Bible or in her interpretation of her Bible. She is unable to understand that pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion or anti-life. She is unable to comprehend that in a free society no one should impose on someone else’s body.
It is rather amazing that most of the women in the anti-choice movement seem so anti-woman. They are prepared to put all penalties and restrictions on the human reproductive process on women. Does anyone believe that if men were forced to have procedures that in effect eliminated unwanted pregnancies, there would be any debate in a male dominated congress to force said procedure. Would men support forcing sexually active men to have reversible vasectomies until they are ready for procreation? Does that sound silly or draconian? That is no different than the restrictions and penalties placed on women by all the draconian anti-woman laws being passed in states run by Republicans throughout the nation.
Women as was demonstrated in Austin from an organic grassroots movement have been mobilized. They are making their voices heard like never before in Texas. Such behavior is likely to be contagious throughout the entire nation. When it coalesces, there will be a new day in the country’s body politic as women assert their power.