Posts Tagged: texas
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A Weekend At The Last Abortion Clinic In McAllen, Texas

The walk from the rear parking lot at Whole Woman’s Health to the entrance on Main Street is 100 feet down a sidewalk. The clinic is located in southwest McAllen, Texas at the corner of Main and Houston Streets—both of which are busy thoroughfares that run through the old medical area where Whole Woman’s is. People driving by on those streets have been honking their horns at patients and volunteers outside the newly re-reopened clinic all day.

Next to the clinic is an empty lot filled with wooden signs that say things like, “Abortion, The Ultimate Child Abuse.” This is the same lot where protesters recently built a [...]

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"Dainty, Small Lady" Eats Two 72-Ounce Steaks in 15 Minutes

“Molly had called about a year ago, she said, and we took it as a hoax,” Lee said. “This little girl walked in here and… she’s one of the daintiest, smallest ladies that I’ve see try the 72-ounce steak.”

Molly Schuyler, a competitive eater from Bellevue, Neb., successfully completed two 72-ounce steak dinners at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Tex., this week. The dainty, small lady (elsewhere known as the "bottomless pit" and "the 120-pound mother from Nebraska") also won Philly's famous Wing Bowl in January. I think she's about due for a real nickname. [Amarillo Globe-News, h/t our [...]

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German Babies Can Now Be Registered as Female, Male or Indeterminate

From NPR:

A German law takes effect today that establishes a third gender option for parents filling out birth certificates for newborn babies. They can choose "indeterminate" if the child shows both male and female characteristics. The parents will make that choice by leaving the boxes for male and female genders blank. The new law is meant to avoid the need to label an intersex baby as male or female before the child is old enough to decide.

The child could also opt to remain classified as intersex. German passports "will soon be allowed to have an 'X' in the gender field, according to a spokesman [...]

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What Would Tami Taylor Do About the Second Special Session in Texas?

Today, Texas Governor Rick Perry calls the state legislature back into session in an attempt to pass the sweeping abortion restrictions that were blocked last Tuesday by the efforts ("the unprecedented anarchy," in Perry's words) of Wendy Davis and other Texas Democrats. With 100 state troopers called in to control them, thousands of Texas women have rallied at the capitol to protest. Because this is a 30-day session, the abortion bill cannot be filibustered, and Perry has vowed that it will pass.

"They'll probably be a little bit smarter about how they try to move this bill in this next session starting on Monday," Davis said [...]

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Two Victors

It’s only an estimate, but I’ve done the math. My father died while I was in a run-down hotel lobby in Newburgh, NY, picking up my race number for a half marathon that would begin in just under an hour.

Dad, at 62, was still an impressively healthy athlete. He swam a mile a day, rode his bike twice daily and played volleyball every weekend. One of the big regrets of his life was that he could not persuade me to take an interest in the game, despite the fact that I “had the shoulders for it.” That Saturday morning last June, while I was driving north from New York [...]

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After a Lawsuit, Texas Hospital Finally Lets Marlise Munoz Go

In case you missed the awfully overdue conclusion to this story, the brain-dead woman in Texas being forcibly kept alive to support her likely non-viable fetus has been taken off life support as of yesterday. Her paramedic husband Erick Munoz is likely facing a minimum of $300,000 in medical bills, and his firefighters' association is raising money to support him. From CNN: "the hospital's position drew support from demonstrators outside the hospital, some of whom held signs last week that read God stands for life and Praying for Baby Munoz." 

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Abortion Restrictions in Texas Ruled Unconstitutional

"New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Tuesday, a federal judge has ruled." Judge Lee Yeakel's order is a final one, and this is a huge victory for the Texas women that have stayed on this cause hard (and will still contend with the standing ban on abortions after 20 weeks, and requirements that abortion clinics meet the standard of surgery centers). Wendy Davis, take it to the house! [NBC/DFW]

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36 Hours in San Antonio If You’re From There

San Antonio is the nation’s seventh largest city and, more importantly, it’s the city that you, personally, grew up in. Temperatures may be hot, but the pace is cool and laid-back. Explore its gated communities, movie theaters, and fast food chains that are uniquely South Texan. But make some time to go beyond the obvious attractions and visit the Woodridge Elementary School playground, the alley behind that one pizza place you used to go for lunch in high school, and Jeremy Silverman’s childhood bedroom.

FRIDAY

3 p.m. 1) FAMILY COMES FIRST

No foray into the Hill Country is complete without a trip to the Levine Family Home (8662 Greenbriar Drive; [...]

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Wendy Davis's Texas

On June 25, Texas state senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), filibustered against Senate Bill 5, a piece of extremely restrictive legislation designed to shut down nearly all of the abortion clinics in Texas and greatly increase the difficulty of obtaining a safe and legal abortion in the state. I was prompted to attend by Erica Grieder, a staffer at Texas Monthly (a magazine that also employs my husband), who’d predicted “a not-appalling day in politics."

A not-appalling day in the Texas Legislature? Sign me up to see history happen. I often point the Capitol out to visitors and call it a "bad idea factory," but it's a beautiful [...]

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A Woman's Right to Choose

A quick update: the Texas bill has passed provisionally in the state House, the North Carolina bill has run into some roadblocks but is still moving through the legislature, and a judge has temporarily blocked the bill in Wisconsin. All three of these new laws would massively restrict safe abortion access if implemented. For more information about what this year has brought in terms of reproductive rights, check out the Guttmacher Institute's study on state-level policy changes, or just keep in mind that this is where we're at right now:

In the first six months of 2013, legislators enacted 43 provisions aimed at restricting access to abortion. Although [...]