hoomie says: Regarding that picture of that racist ass TX protester in the burqa, I cannot believe whoever runs this blog didn't think for a single damn second how racist and Islamophobic that was. I really thought you guys were at least a little intelligent, but I guess not. Done with this blog until someone who still follows it reblogs an apology from you guys onto my dash. This is disgusting of you.
» SFB says: I was at the protests all week, and this protester’s statement stood out, so I took a picture and posted it on the blog. I didn’t say I supported the costume; I just posted a picture of it. That’s what photojournalism is. I apologize if you found it offensive or disrespectful, but my goal with this photograph, and the others I took, was to document what was happening in Texas this week—the good, the bad, and the ugly. So again, I understand why you found it offensive, but we weren’t implying an opinion either way on the image. — Seth @ SFB
14:23 // 9 months ago
More than 1,000 people signed up to testify on abortion legislation at a House State Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, but less than 100 had the opportunity to.
The House State Affairs Committee heard public and personal testimony on HB2 before passing the abortion-related bill. The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks, place more regulation on abortion clinics in Texas and require further restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs. At 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning, the committee stopped taking public testimony and voted on the bill. It was approved in an 8-3 vote. The bill will now go to the full House.
Note that this was just a single House committee’s vote on the bill. The House proper is expected to vote on the bill when after reconvening next week; after that, it’ll be taken up by the state Senate.
14:21 // 9 months ago
A marathon speech by a Texas Democrat temporarily frustrated a Republican drive for new state abortion restrictions, but political sources predicted on Wednesday that anti-abortion Governor Rick Perry would quickly revive the proposal.
Senator Wendy Davis, a single mother by the age of 19 who now is a rising star of the Democratic party, drew national attention when she spoke for more than 10 hours to block a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
For those just tuning in, the situation led to a dramatic scene in the Texas legislature last night.
14:38 // 9 months ago
The fate of the Texas abortion bill vote in tweets
And the bill does not pass. A dramatic end to an incredibly dramatic night, with the bill officially pronounced dead earlier in the hour. source
4:25 // 9 months ago