July 1, 2013
Isn’t it a great day to be in Austin Texas?
And isn’t it a great day to be Standing with Texas Women?
You know, a lot of you were at the Capitol last Tuesday night. And you may have heard some of the folks who run this building talking about people acting “unruly” that night.
And I’m glad to hear them say it, because that sure was an unruly bunch that was running the Senate on Tuesday night, wasn’t it?
Those of you who were here saw the injustice. You saw rules being flouted, traditions being chucked out, and common sense being ignored – all so the folks in control could do whatever they had to do to get their way.
They debased our proud chamber – all for a bill that won’t do much to prevent abortions, but will do a lot to prevent legal ones.
That injustice is what brought you out here today. But let’s face it: the injustice that Texas women face covers a lot more than what we all saw on Tuesday night.
Injustice is what allows budget writers to slash women’s health funding when money gets tight.
Injustice shuts down essential women’s health clinics to make a political point, no matter the costs to this state, its budget or its women.
Injustice lets the Governor veto a bill that simply ensures women can pursue equal pay for equal work under state law.
And injustice is what stops – over and over again – bills that would reduce abortions by reducing the unplanned pregnancies that lead to them.
There’s no question that Texas women have suffered from this injustice. But they aren’t the only ones.
Injustice afflicts our kids when they sit down in an overcrowded classroom.
Injustice wears out working parents who can’t find health coverage for themselves or their kids.
Injustice hurts small business owners when they pay big tax bills without any of the incentives, exemptions and abatements that big corporations get.
And injustice plagues our democracy when deals are cut and games are rigged in back rooms that our citizens never see.
We’re all part of a great cause today. We’re standing with Texas women!
But more than that, we’re standing against the injustice that’s hurting so many women, and so many others, in so many ways, and in so many places, all across this great state we love so much.
This is a hard fight. There will be setbacks. But there isn’t anything more important.
If we take this amazing energy we have today and commit ourselves to this effort, we’ll win the war against Texas women, and we’ll win the fight for Texas’ future.
God bless every single one of you for what you’re doing and for being here. God bless Texas, and God bless Texas Women.