With Sen. Wendy Davis earning widespread praise and support for her courageous filibuster in the Texas Senate last week, some on the right apparently have decided to adopt an old tactic often used against influential women: make her physical appearance an issue.

We first saw this vicious post on a new anonymous blog – realwendydavis.wordpress.com – yesterday. (The blog’s tagline: “A closer look at the Left’s new feminist superhero.”)

The post asks in its headline: “Wendy Davis: Surgically Constructed ‘Human Barbie Doll’?” It then goes on to compare her physical appearance today to how she looked more than two decades ago. From the post:

Somehow, during the past two decades she has been transformed from a frumpy, pleasant looking but plain-faced, flat-chested brunette with thick, messy hair, into a buxom blonde with excellent facial features and sleek, long, perfectly coiffed hair, like she stepped straight out of Vogue.

For someone who in the early 1990s was a feminist activist in law school, and who is currently posing as a champion of women’s rights, standing up to men who seek to dictate the way women should live, she seems to have devoted an unusual amount of attention to… Read More

Thousands of Texans converged on the Capitol in Austin today to send a message to the politicians meeting inside: stop interfering in the personal medical decisions women make with their own doctors. TFN staffers and supporters were out in force. We have lots of photos from the rally here. Below is a sampling.

TFN founder and current Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards (left) with current TFN President Kathy Miller:

The Rev. Jim Rigby (below) of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, a former TFN board member and a supporter of our Texas Faith Network:

Some of the thousands of activists standing with Texas women:

Check out the rest of our photos here and some other scenes from the day at the Texas Tribune.

The Legislature opened its second special session of the year today. The House State Affairs Committee will meet at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon to consider the same extreme anti-abortion legislation that died at the end of the first special session in the Senate last week. Sadly, some legislators are still dismissing the voices of concerned Texans like those who protested… Read More

Last Tuesday, all eyes were on Texas as Sen. Wendy Davis and women’s health champions in the Texas Senate stood together to stop harmful legislation from passing. Thanks to your voice and the voices of thousands of people from across the state, women in Texas won! But this fight isn’t over — not by a long shot.

Once again Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst are threatening the health and safety of Texas women by limiting access to safe, legal medical care. Governor Perry has forced yet another special session starting on July 1, and we need to be ready to fight back, to stand strong, to speak out, no matter what.

We must stand together and demand that Texas legislators stop playing politics with women’s health. Speak up now — tell lawmakers to stop interfering with women’s private medical decisions.

Join us from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday on the south steps of the Texas Capitol. Bring water! More info at StandWithTexasWomen.org and at https://www.facebook.com/events/139027312967322/.

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Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is in full damage-contol mode following last Tuesday’s debacle (for him, especially) in the Senate chamber. Today he sent out an email insisting that he will push through, in the special session that starts Monday, passage of the same legislation that failed last week — legislation that would have government interfering in the personal medical decisions a woman makes with her doctor about whether and when to have children. The war on women in Texas rages on.

His email also attacks the activists and lawmakers who helped stop the passage of that legislation last Tuesday, with Dewhurst complaining about an “outrageous effort to undermine the democratic process in the Texas capitol.”

We’re sorry, but what credibility does the lieutenant governor have to talk about the “democratic process”? He and other Senate Republicans flagrantly ignored their own rules and precedent in trying to ram through passage of their extreme and divisive legislation last Tuesday. In fact, even Republican state Rep. David Simpson — one of the state’s most conservative legislators — tweeted late that night that the Senate had “run roughshod over the rules.”

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As expected, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has announced that state lawmakers will be back in Austin for a second legislative special session starting July 1. Lawmakers will again take up critical transportation and criminal justice bills that they failed to pass in the first special session because the governor and far-right legislators were more interested in promoting the war on women.

During the first special session, religious-righters had arrogantly assumed that they could easily ram through passage of their extreme agenda — including legislation interfering in the personal medical decisions women make with their doctors about whether and when to have children. But they suffered a painful defeat in a raucous Senate chamber Tuesday night.

There were a lot of heroes responsible for Tuesday’s historic victory for Texas women. Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, held the floor by courageously speaking against Senate Bill 5 for 11 hours. Other Democratic senators, including Kirk Watson of Austin, Rodney Ellis of Houston, Royce West of Dallas, and San Antonio’s Leticia Van de Putte (who arrived in the chamber just hours after her father’s funeral), also played critical roles in defeating SB 5.

But the staff of our incredible coalition partners… Read More

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