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Friday, February 21, 2014
Virtual #FightBackTX Committee Hearing Better Than the Real Thing

We aren't going anywhere. Our voices will not be silenced. We are going to fight back, Texas!

Yesterday, the "unruly mob" that came out in force last summer to stand up for Texas women proved that we are not going anywhere. Instead, activists showed that we are more informed, better connected, better organized, and more committed to fight for women's health care than any of the current anti-choice legislators in Texas.

The virtual #FightBackTX hearing that occurred on Twitter turned out to be far better - and more factual - than anything the official Sen. Health and Human Services Committee could have dreamed of. And when Senator Leticia Van de Putte made an appearance to greet all the activists, it made the whole day all the sweeter.

For more details of yesterday's hearing, read our recap below, or browse the #FightBackTX hashtag on Twitter to catch up on the whole thing!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Abortion Rates at Lowest Number Since 1973

A new study from the Guttmacher Institute shows a drop in the number of abortions being received. From 2008 to 2011, abortions fell to the lowest numbers seen since 1973. 

"The number of abortions and the abortion rate declined steadily between 2008 and 2011 - about 4-5% per year. In 2011, there were 1.06 million abortions, and the abortion rate was 16.9 per 1,000 women aged 15-44...The number of abortions and the abortion rate both decreased 13% between 2008 and 2011 (Table 2). Declines in abortion rates were found in almost all states and the District of Columbia. Only six states—Alaska, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, West Virginia and Wyoming—experienced no change or an increase in abortion rates."

There are a few principle reasons behind this:

  • Because of the economic downturn, women became more conscious of their pregnancy prevention plans.
  • Long-acting reversible contraceptive methods, which are usually more effective and less prone to user-error, began to replace short term methods of birth control. 
  • For the majority of cases, fewer abortions weren't caused by the recent surge of pro-life restrictions: "Abortion rates decrecreased by larger-than-average amounts in several states that did not implement any new restrictions between 2008 and 2010" - from the report
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Monday, February 17, 2014
Greg Abbott is Campaigning With a Sexual Predator

Greg Abbott is campaigning with a sexual predator. Seriously.

This week Abbott will hit the campaign trail with unapologetic sexual predator Ted Nugent. This comes just weeks after Abbott touted policies aimed at targeting sexual predators. The clip below, produced by Lone Star Project, shows Nugent nochalantly talking about his past:

From the Lone Star Project:

Ted Nugent has confirmed his many sexual encounters with underage girls and brags about his skill at talking their parents into trusting him with their young daughters. He convinced the mother of an underage teen girl to give him custody of her daughter so that Nugent could travel with her, and continue using her sexually, without inviting suspicion or scrutiny.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
61% of Texans Support Decriminalizing Marijuana

Is Texas ready to go green?

Recently, Texas Governor Rick Perry made news for coming out in support of decriminalizing marijuana. Today, the Dallas Morning News published an excerpt from an ed board interview quoting Wendy Davis as open to decriminalization and in favor of medical marijuana.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014
"Texas Left Me Out" Highlights Health Care Coverage Gap

One million low-income Texans are left out of health coverage because elected leaders in Texas chose politics over what was right for people.

Under the nation's health law, every person is supposed to have a way to get health care coverage. But in Texas, when elected officials refused Medicaid expansion, it left more than one million Texans in a coverage gap. This means people who could have qualified for Medicaid won’t receive the benefits of the new health law – including veterans and their spouses, as well as workers in construction, child care, health care, and service industries. Therefore most of the people taking the newly created jobs in Texas won’t qualify.

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Monday, February 3, 2014
Greg Abbott Takes Additional $87,738 from Predatory Lenders

A new report from Texans for Public Justice found that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott took an additional $87,738 from predatory lenders in the last six months of 2012. That brings his four year total from 2009 to 2013 to $271,738.

From Texans for Public Justice:

Greg Abbott’s January 15 fundraising report reveals $87,738 in contributions from predatory loan industry sources between July 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013. Abbott’s total take from the industry since 2009 is $271,738. Researchers did not find any predatory-loan contributions in the latest Davis report, keeping her total at $10,500 since 2009.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Pay More and Get Less: The GOP Healthcare Scheme

Republicans, after years of voting against healthcare reform, are finally displaying their vision for healthcare reform and it comes down to this: you pay more for less coverage.

It includes eliminating the most popular pieces of the Affordable Care Act, such as the mandate that insurers cover pre-existing conditions, and it will cost more. What a deal...for corporations! (But remember, corporations are people, too.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
An Open Letter from Wendy Davis's Daughters

We shared with you some of the worst things conservatives have said about Wendy Davis. We thought you might also enjoy reading some of the best things anyone has said about her, too.

Below are open letters from Wendy's daughters, Dru and Amber, about their mother and what she means to them.

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