Here's one that'll make you laugh out loud:
The Texas state Senate committee on Health&Human Services met last week
to pat themselves on the back for their legislative achievements in women's health care.
Yeah. You read it right. Here it is again:
The Texas state Senate committee on Health&Human Services met last
week to pat themselves on the back for their legislative achievements in
women's health care.
Ignore the 76 family planning clinics that have had to close because of recent legislative restrictions and budget cuts.
Ignore the fact that the TxLeg slashed the state's family-planning budget by two-thirds back in 2011.
Ignore the fact that a third of Texas women have no health insurance, and 155,000 Texas women have lost access to the most basic preventative health care since 2011.
Ignore the fact that last year Texas was ranked 6th worst in the nation in a report on women's health.
Ugh. I think I'm done laughing now.
Our dear and lovely Cecile Richards said in a recent email to HuffPost, "It's laughable that the same politicians that have devastated Texas
women's access to health care -- cancer screenings, birth control, and
safe, legal abortion -- are now touting their so-called achievements in
women's health. If that’s what they call
help for Texas women, we've had quite enough of it."
I couldn't agree more. How 'bout you?
I got quite a lovely surprise watching The Daily Show last night.
Some of you have seen the brand new contact cards I had made for Goddess Prom. Flip it over and on the back you'll see one of my very favorite quotes. It's taken from one of the tv shows of my all-time favorite writer/producer/director, Joss Whedon:
"If it doesn't matter what you do, then all that matters is what you do."
It's a powerful statement. Makes you think hard and ponder what it really means.
Last night I was stunned to discover just how far these words have reached. In a Daily Show segment (set in or near Sochi), Jason Jones is speaking to a Russian grandmother about why she is the sole supporter of human rights at a very hostile public demonstration:
After you get past the 30-second ad, the part that made me break down in tears is at about 5:30...
I'm aware the issue of human rights in Russia has nothing to do with Planned Parenthood or The Goddess Prom, and I don't write this post with any intention other than to share with you an amazing moment. I was so thrilled to hear someone on the other side of the planet speaking the very words I had recently chosen to share with all my Goddesses. (And as a big nerd when it comes to Joss Whedon, I was thrilled to find fans in Russia.) ;-)
The issue of reproductive equality/justice/health care in Texas seems huge. The problems are many, and seem so large that we feel powerless to do anything about it. (What can *I* possibly do that would really change anything??)
If it doesn't matter what you do, then all that matters is what you *do*.
On February 2nd I attended a fascinating public forum and had the pleasure and privilege of hearing a talk by Brittany Yelverton. Brittany is a Community Outreach Specialist for PPoGT and is quite remarkable to listen to. I learned a lot!
Her talk was entitled "Reproductive Justice in Texas: How a Moment Became a Movement", and it has just been posted on The Yewtubes, right here
I encourage you to listen to Brittany spin the ever-sordid tale of Texas' troubled relationship with Planned Parenthood. It's got more drama than your mama...
With thanks for all you do,