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Jul 12 2013

Anti-Abortion & Health Care War is War on Women of Color

Right on to Sarah Slamen, the pro-choice activist and white ally who disrupted the Texas Legislature’s Christian fascist amen corner against women’s right to self-determination with its pernicious anti-abortion bill and got thrown out by the mob. Remarking on MSNBC about the mortal threat that the Texas GOP’s anti-abortion and anti-Medicaid assault poses, she said:

“I’m privileged as a white woman from a middle-class background to be able to have attended all of those hearings,” she said. “Women with two and three jobs, the 20 percent of women who might be living in the rural communities of Texas who can’t get to the capitol, caregivers, they can’t get to the hearings and stand up for their rights, and it’s obvious that all the Republicans on that committee don’t care about the right to their health care either. So someone had to say something.”

“Women all over the world are socialized to suppress their dissent, be agreeable, ask for what should rightfully be ours,” she said, going on to note that women were finally getting “tired of it,” especially in Texas’ male-dominated legislature.

“Women with two and three jobs, the 20 percent of women who might be living in the rural communities of Texas who can’t get to the capitol, caregivers, they can’t get to the hearings and stand up for their rights.”

Slamen’s comments further underscore why the Texas assault has such deep implications for women of color, who are disproportionately poor, transit-dependent and rely on public assistance. In a recent L.A. Progressive article called “Lone Star State’s War Against Latinas” writer Victoria DeFrancesco Soto comments that the GOP’s anti-abortion assault will have the deepest impact on Latinas:

“Latinas are disproportionately in the cross-hairs of this war. It also happens to be that Latinos in Texas are the largest population of the uninsured.  Six out of ten Latinos in the state do not have insurance.  Texans in general have one of the country’s lowest rates of insurance, twenty-four percent, but Texan Latinos are uninsured at the rate of thirty-eight percent.”

2 comments

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    SallyStrange

    I am really hoping that these attacks on reproductive rights and voting rights will help galvanize the voter registration and GOTV efforts that lefty political organizations are currently working on in Texas. And other red-to-purple states.

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      blackskeptics

      Likewise, I know it has already galvanized Latina and Afr-Am women RJ activists.

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