A few hours later and it is still sinking in that some sort of right-wing “christian” Taliban is in charge of the state of Texas. Too harsh? Well, when I’m still able and willing to recall the “good ol’ days” when Dems and Reps worked together on legislation, amended bills, and worked for the good of Texas, then it is obvious what Texas Republicans have chosen to do: Double-down on their cultural and holy war against women, gays, Latinos, blacks, the sick, the elderly, etc.
Here’s some reaction from some of our fighting Democratic Senators .
State Senator Jose Rodriguez (D) El Paso: H.B. 2 does not enhance women’s health, and it will not stop abortions. It will only make legal abortion services less available, and therefore, more dangerous.
Political medicine is bad for the health of women, our constitutional republic, and the lives of Texans, and it’s part of a historical pattern of oppression that has afflicted women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, the poor – the powerless.
State Senator Rodney Ellis (D) Houston: Tonight was an extremely disappointing moment in the struggle for women’s rights and the movement to ensure all Texas families have access to affordable and quality health care.
On the heels of a major assault on our voting rights by a right wing Supreme Court, tonight is another reminder of the need for all of us who truly care about advancing the cause of democracy that the fight continues. We must push forward and stand together to protect the rights of Texas families from attempts to reverse our nation’s proud history of evolving towards greater equality and justice for all.
I’m awaiting additional responses, but there’s no doubt we have work to do. Again, registering voters may be one commitment, but we need to add to it political education on issues and voting. It will not help us to meet the ignorance sold to voters by the Republican Party with our own brand of ignorance. We must be better in all facets of this thing we call democracy.