By Joshua Skye on January 4, 2014
 

In one of the most courageous stands for reproductive freedom of 2013, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) conducted an eleven-hour filibuster to strike down controversial abortion restrictions supported and proposed by Republican Governor Rick Perry. After senate republicans deceitfully broke the filibuster, assembled women’s rights supporters exorcised their rights as Americans and rose as a unified voice to oppose the partisan despotism of the republicans. It worked, they successfully halted efforts to vote on and pass the bill. Wendy Davis became an instant democratic hero, a champion for women’s rights.

Unfortunately, the legislation was eventually passed.

Texas isn’t the only state in which a right-wing war on women’s healthcare has been declared, but it is being idolized and imitated by anti-choice factions in other red states. A three-year campaign across the American Heartland has vehemently attacked the constitutional right to an abortion, yet another example of the unconstitutional agenda of a political party of self-labeled “constitutionalists.” The New York Times reports that more than half of our “united” states have passed restrictive legislation designed to shut down women’s healthcare clinics and make getting the procedure unnecessarily difficult.

The Guttmacher Institute reports that a mind-boggling 205 abortion restrictions have been passed in the last three years. The more galvanized anti-choice groups are seeking nothing less than a nationwide ban, and they are open and unapologetic about it. Their campaign is nothing less than a dangerous attack on freedom itself that should not only frighten us but unite us on a national level identical to the triumphant support Wendy Davis received in the Texas Capital.

And indeed, the defenders of reproductive rights have declared they are ready to fight back.

Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, told ThinkProgress, “Americans as a whole have had enough. We’re not going to sit idly by and fight defensive fights and take these attacks on reproductive freedom sitting down. We’re starting to define what a new agenda for reproductive freedom looks like in the 21st century.”

In the wake of such a victorious surge in anti-choice legislation, woman’s rights groups are not sitting idly by. They are ready to fight for reproductive freedoms and they need all the support they can get. Will you stand with them? I certainly will.