LIVE UPDATES: Texas Women Take Last Stand At State Capitol To Support Women’s Rights (VIDEO)

Author: July 12, 2013 4:22 pm
'This legislature has run amok!' -- Join us in Austin for exclusive coverage as Texas women take their last stand the GOP's draconian anti-abortion bill. Pro-Choice marchers are out in force, but throng the state Capitol in peaceful, orderly fashion.

‘This legislature has run amok!’ — Join us in Austin for exclusive coverage as Texas women take their last stand the GOP’s draconian anti-abortion bill. Pro-Choice marchers are out in force, but throng the state Capitol in peaceful, orderly fashion. Photo by Egberto Willies. #StandWithWendy, #StandWithTexasWomen

Join Addicting Info‘s Texas correspondent, Egberto Willies in Austin, Texas for exclusive coverage, interviews, photos, and videos as crowds of Texas women dramatically take their last stand against the Republican’s draconian anti-abortion bill. As a flood of orange “Stand With Texas Women” T-shirts surges into the state Capitol, the blue-clad anti-choice bill’s supporters look determined but woefully outnumbered. The vote is scheduled for later Friday evening or Saturday morning. It may only be Friday the 12th — not the 13th — but it’s still looking like a very unlucky day for Republicans.

7/12 6:30 p.m. CT, Pro-Choicers and Anti-Choicers Battle With Chants in the Texas Capitol Rotunda

The planned evening rally has simply overpowered the entire Capitol. As the protest heats up in the Texas Capitol Rotunda. The pro-choice and anti-choice duke it out with chants, but supporters of the abortion law can barely be heard.

Here’s the video:

 

The battle of the chants begins. Here’s the video:

As crowds of outraged Texas women and their supporters overwhelm their state Capitol for a scheduled evening rally, one group of protesters chants:  “We won’t, we won’t we won’t go back!”

Here’s the video:

7/12: 6:00 p.m. Long Lines to the Senate Chambers

If you want to come to the rally, you’re going to have to wait on a long, long line … is it because security has to search so many women for potentially lethal tampons?

Here’s the video:

 

7/12: 5:30 p.m. CT, Texas Capitol Flooded in Sea of Orange

Orange is the pro-choice Stand With Texas Women’s color. Blue is the anti-choice opposition’s color. As Texans gather for the upcoming rally, we’re not seeing much blue around here.

The orange of choice is dominating the Texas Capitol. ‪#‎standwithtexaswomen‬ ‪#‎standwithwendy‬ ‪#‎StandWithTXWomen

The orange of choice is dominating the Texas Capitol. ‪Photo by Egberto Willies. #‎standwithtexaswomen‬ ‪#‎standwithwendy‬ ‪#‎StandWithTXWomen

AI's very own Egberto Willies  with Cecile Richards in Representative Jessica Ferrari's office at the Capitol. ‪Photo from Egberto Willies. #‎standwithtexaswomen‬ ‪#‎standwithwendy‬ ‪#‎StandWithTXWomen‬

AI’s very own Egberto Willies
with Cecile Richards in Representative Jessica Ferrari’s office at the Capitol. ‪Photo from Egberto Willies. #‎standwithtexaswomen‬ ‪#‎standwithwendy‬ ‪#‎StandWithTXWomen‬

7/12: 4:45 p.m. CT, OMG, It’s “TAMPON-GATE!

So ... what are the State of Texas' finest doing to keep peace amongst the thousands of protesters gathered at the state Capitol ... ? Photo by Egberto Willies.

So … what are the State of Texas’ finest doing to keep peace amongst the thousands of protesters gathered at the state Capitol … ? Photo by Egberto Willies.

Dear God, they're confiscating tampons ... and panty liners ... and papers and books! SO, if you were planning on sticking a tampon up some anti-choicer's nose, sorry, you're SOL. Photo by Egberto Willies.

Dear God, they’re confiscating tampons … and panty liners … and papers and books! SO, if you were planning on sticking a tampon up some anti-choicer’s nose, sorry, you’re SOL. Photo by Egberto Willies.

7/12: 4:30 p.m. CT, Protests in the Rotunda:

 

Meanwhile, down on the Senate floor ... Texas's Republican lawmakers continue ignoring their constituents. Photo by Egberto Willies.

Meanwhile, down on the Senate floor … Texas’s Republican lawmakers continue ignoring their constituents. Photo by Egberto Willies.

Oh God, this poor woman lost her mother to an illegal -- and presumably horribly botched -- abortion. She deserves our heartfelt gratitude for so bravely sharing. Photo by Egberto Willies.

Oh God, this poor woman lost her mother to an illegal — and presumably horribly botched — abortion. She deserves our heartfelt gratitude for so bravely sharing. Photo by Egberto Willies.

Pro-Choice Doesn't Mean Pro-Abortion - Photo by Egberto Willies.

Pro-Choice Doesn’t Mean Pro-Abortion – Photo by Egberto Willies.

And Then There Were None Except (drawing of wire hanger) ... And to add insult to injury, women may not even have THAT horrible option any more. Aren't all the hangers made of plastic nowadays? -- Photo by Egberto Willies

And Then There Were None Except (drawing of wire hanger) … And to add insult to injury, women may not even have THAT horrible option any more. Aren’t all the hangers made of plastic nowadays? — Photo by Egberto Willies

Protests in the Rotunda -- Anti-choice prayer circle. Photo by Egberto Willies

Protests in the Rotunda — Anti-choice prayer circle. Photo by Egberto Willies

I Have a Voice and a Choice ... at least for now ... Photo by Egberto Willies.

I Have a Voice and a Choice … at least for now … Photo by Egberto Willies.

Uh, oh ... the anti-choice crowd's brandishing crosses in a rather menacing fashion. Let's hope they don't have garlic, too. Photo by Egberto Willies

Uh, oh … the anti-choice crowd’s brandishing crosses in a rather menacing fashion. Let’s hope they don’t have garlic, too. Photo by Egberto Willies

Get Your Religion Out of My Vagina! ... because now that the government's moving into my uterus, it's getting kind of crowded in there. Photo by Egberto Willies.

Get Your Religion Out of My Vagina! … because now that the government’s moving into my uterus, it’s getting kind of crowded down here. Photo by Egberto Willies.

Women Deserve Better Than Abortion ... um, like what, exactly? Rape Kits? Photo by Egberto Willies.

Protest in the Rotunda: Women Deserve Better Than Abortion … um, like what, exactly? Rape Kits? Photo by Egberto Willies.

Protest in the Rotunda: Quackery weakens discourse. Photo by Egberto Willies.

Protest in the Rotunda: Quackery weakens discourse. Photo by Egberto Willies. #StandWithTexasWomen.

Protest in the Texas state Capitol building rotunda: Don't mess with Texas or Pussy Power. Photo by Egberto Willies.

Protest in the Texas state Capitol building rotunda: Don’t mess with Texas or Pussy Power. Photo by Egberto Willies. #StandWithWendy

7/12: 2:20 p.m. CT: Scenes from the State Capitol Building’s Rotunda

I'm a woman, not a broodmare! Alas, Texas Republicans beg to differ.

I’m a woman, not a broodmare! Alas, Texas Republicans beg to differ. Photo by Egberto Willies

 

Another anti-choice protester with a list of a fetus' baby-like characteristics, presumably at 20 weeks.

Another anti-choice protester with a list of a fetus’ baby-like characteristics, presumably at 20 weeks. Photo by Egberto Willies.

One of a mere handful of anti-choice demonstrators at the Texas state Capitol building's rotunda, wearing a sign that compares Planned Parenthood unfavorably with the infamous Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photo by Egberto Willies.

One of a mere handful of anti-choice demonstrators at the Texas state Capitol building’s rotunda, wearing a sign that compares Planned Parenthood unfavorably with the infamous Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Should we title this photograph “Death Camp for Cutie?” Photo by Egberto Willies.

 

Stand With Texas Women: Outraged rowds pack the Capitol building's rotunda as the GOP-led state legislature deliberates its draconian anti-abortion bill. Photo by Egberto Willies.

Stand With Texas Women: Protesters gather in the Capitol building’s rotunda as the GOP-led state legislature deliberates its draconian anti-abortion bill. Photo by Egberto Willies.

7/13 2:00 p.m. CT: Egberto Willies interviews Andrea Gardner.

This Houston, Texas woman came to the State Capitol seven times to stand for women's rights.

‘This legislature has run amok!’ — Join us for an exclusive interview with a heroic Texas woman as she takes her last stand in Austin for women’s rights. Photo of Stand With Texas Women activist Andrea Gardner from video by Egberto Willies.

Meet the heroic Texas woman who has made the trek to Austin, TX seven times, while ferrying dozens of her fellow Houston area residents back and forth so they, too, can Stand With Texas Women against the GOP’s draconian anti-abortion measures.

Andrea shares the same opinion of many Texans, who feel appalled by the extent to which Texas Republicans have infringed on women’s rights to reproductive health and making decisions about their own bodies and family planning. Although the bill is likely to pass, Andrea does not believe all her efforts are in vain. She believes this is the genesis of a new and powerful home-grown Texas Progressive Movement.

“This legislature has run amok!” Gardner declares indignantly.

Here’s the video:



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2 Comments

  • How many of the anti-choicers have adopted?
    Damn near zero.

    Your arguments are invalid you hypocritical and oxymoronic “Pro-lifers”.

  • “a sign that compares Planned Parenthood unfavorably with the infamous Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Should we title this photograph “Death Camp for Cutie?””

    No, we should label it “Anti-choicers automatically lose by invoking Godwin’s law.”

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