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Tue Jul 2, 2013, 06:53 PM

Abortion hearing underway in Texas House, 2,300 signed up (updated 7:10)

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More than 1,600 people have signed up to testify on a sweeping abortion bill before the House State Affairs Committee, and another 300 signed within a half-hour of the hearing’s start shortly after 3:30 p.m.

The line into the small hearing room began forming before 9 a.m., and by 3 p.m. several hundred people packed the hallway, hoping for a spot in the 100-seat hearing room. Most were turned away, finding spots in one of nine hearing rooms that were opened for overflow crowds in the Capitol Extension.

Emergency crews were called to the room when a woman in line fainted, prompting frantic calls for people in line to back up and give her some air. Paramedics took her away in a rolling gurney.

Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, asked why the hearing was being held in such a small room.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/abortion-hearing-underway-1900-signed-up/nYcHH/ .

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TexasTowelie Jul 2013 OP
TxDemChem Jul 2013 #1
kentauros Jul 2013 #4
TxDemChem Jul 2013 #5
blogslut Jul 2013 #2
mbperrin Jul 2013 #3

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 09:15 PM

1. I take it the Repubs don't want too many people in the hearing room

Some if us tend to make a lot if noise when fighting for our rights. They should just get used to the noise because I think all hell will break loose if the Repubs try any sheisty shit (which I'm sure they'll do since they seem to have no problem doctoring official records)

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Response to TxDemChem (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 3, 2013, 11:24 AM

4. According to Juanita Jean's page,

they're already trying sheisty shit:

http://juanitajean.com/2013/07/02/i-know-there-are-other-things-happening-in-the-world-outside-of-austin-but-for-the-life-of-me-i-dont-know-why/

NEW UPDATE: There are between 500 to 1,000 anti-choice people here in the Capitol wearing blue. They are carrying signs and singing church songs.

For reasons that will soon become clear, the chairman of the committee reserved a room for the hearing that only holds 100 people. That information was apparently given to the blue people before the public got it. They have filled the room.

On top of that, the Governor has reserved every damn meeting room in the Capitol for the entire month. So, we have no where to go.

It makes me wonder if any of them have bullet-proof shoes, considering where they keep aiming...

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Response to kentauros (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 05:54 PM

5. Why am I not surprised

They have no idea how many people they are pushing from the sidelines to the front lines. I say, "Bring it!" My husband and I were discussing a ride program for GOTV. Even my 16 year old is ready for action. Sad that we have to be in battle mode.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2013, 11:32 PM

2. There's a Live Stream and a Live Blog

Testimony is scheduled to go to midnight:

live blog:
http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/13735/hb2-liveblog-stand-with-texas-women-at-the-state-affairs-hearing

live stream: texastribune.org

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jul 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

3. They'd hold the hearings in a closet if they thought they could actually get away with it.

I am thrilled that so many great people have made the trip to Austin to testify, to watchdog, to be there for all the women of Texas when the corrupt powers that be are trying to ramrod the worst bill in the world through.

Keep it up!

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