State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, just began her filibuster to stop legislation that intrudes on the private medical decisions women make in consultation with their own doctors. And Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams can’t resist responding with nasty insults on her Twitter account. Adams has already called the senator “whining Wendy” twice and claims Sen. Davis seeks to “justify killing innocent human lives.”

Adams’ insults follow similar nasty tweets from her yesterday.

Sen. Davis is trying to kill extreme anti-abortion legislation under consideration today in the Senate. If you can’t make it to the Capitol today to support her efforts to keep intrusive government and politicians out of women’s private lives, you can watch Sen. Davis’ filibuster on the Texas Legislature’s website here.… Read More

In case you didn’t see them in our previous post, check out these sneering tweets this afternoon from Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams. Adams is referring to the orange-clad activists who have swarmed the Texas Capitol over the past two days in opposition to legislation interfering in the private medical decisions women make about when or whether to have children. Adams refers to those activists as “stinky stalking feminists” and “feminazis.” But she isn’t the only religious-righter who has resorted to degrading rhetoric over the past couple of days. Last night state Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Houston, called opponents of the proposed anti-abortion bills “pro-death” and suggested that they are worse than Nazis who murdered Jews.

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We just received word that Texas Freedom Network founder and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is on a plane bound for Austin to join the fight against the far right’s war on women at the Texas Capitol. We are told Cecile will speak Tuesday morning at a rally against Senate Bill 5 and other efforts by far-right politicians to interfere with women’s private medical decisions.

Events are moving quickly. Keep checking TFN’s Facebook page (facebook.comtexasfreedomnetwork), our Twitter account (@TFN) or Planned Parenthood as details become available.

And if you’re not angry enough about the religious right’s outrageous attacks on women’s health care at the Capitol, check out these sneering tweets this afternoon from Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams:

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Rick Perry made at least two things clear in his veto orgy on Friday: the wars on women’s rights and strong public schools continue in Texas.

Gov. Perry vetoed HB 950, the Lily Ledbetter Act, which would have helped stop wage discrimination against women in the state. Just days earlier, Gov. Perry asked state lawmakers in the current special legislative session to pass abortion measures that put government between women and their doctors. State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, author of the Lily Ledbetter Act, got it right:

“Once again our governor has made women’s health and women’s rights a target in order to bolster his own political standing.”

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, also got it right:

“These are political decisions that are part of a political war, and women are – at best – the collateral damage in that war.”

Gov. Perry also vetoed HB 2836, which would have — among other things — required the Texas Education Agency to study whether the public school curriculum standards adopted by the State Board of Education have become too long, complicated and unwieldy. In fact, they have — largely as a… Read More

Recall how some Texas lawmakers bragged during the last legislative session that they were engaged in “a war on birth control, abortion, everything — that’s what family planning is supposed to be about.” We’re about to see the real human costs of that war.

Gov. Rick Perry, Republican lawmakers and religious-right groups have claimed that a new law barring Planned Parenthood clinics from participating in the Medicaid-funded Women’s Health Program (WHP) won’t hurt uninsured, low-income women because other providers will step in to fill the gap. But that’s a fantasy, a new study from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services suggests.

Last year the Texas Legislature barred from the WHP any clinic that either provides abortion services or is affiliated with an abortion provider. Planned Parenthood clinics currently in the WHP do not provide abortion services, but the organization does advocate for woman’s right to have an abortion and provides abortion services in separate facilities. Nearly half of the 100,000 women in Texas who receive services through the WHP currently get care through Planned Parenthood clinics, according to a study by the University of Texas Population Research Center. Moreover, as the… Read More

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