Changing the conversation around abortion

During the 2013 filibuster of Texas’ anti-abortion bill — the House Bill 2 that shut down clinics across the state — Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio famously asked: “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?” Though the fight to stop HB 2 is now over (thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court), Van de Putte’s 20 words get at the heart of a problem that continues to plague Texas politics and conversations about reproductive health, rights, and justice more broadly — namely that the voices of those most impacted are consistently ignored or outright silenced by many of our legislators.

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