September 18, 2014 — In today's video clips, the CEO of a network of Texas women's health clinics discusses restoring abortion services in a region heavily impacted by a restrictive state abortion law. We also feature an interview with Texas Sen. Wendy Davis on why she didn't share her personal abortion story during her historic filibuster.
Whole Woman's Health President and CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller joins MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry to give an update on the reopening of a Rio Grande Valley women's health clinic after a judge blocked the state from enforcing an antiabortion-rights law (HB 2) that had forced it to close. Although Harris-Perry and Hagstrom Miller both note that a pending appeals ruling could reverse course, Hagstrom Miller explains that it was important to reopen the clinic immediately to meet the need for women's health services in the region. Clinics in Fort Worth and San Antonio also will be able to stay open for now, Harris-Perry explains (Harris-Perry, "Melissa Harris-Perry," MSNBC, 9/7).
Texas gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) speaks with "HuffPost Live" host Alyona Minkovski about why she didn't reveal her personal abortion story during her historic filibuster of a restrictive antiabortion-rights bill, which eventually became law in the state. Davis explains that she thought about sharing her story after she read a letter on the state Senate floor that "could have been [her] story" and "struck [her] so deeply." However, she decided against it because she didn't want the day to be about her but about the "thousands of people" who would be affected by the bill (Minkovski, "HuffPost Live," Huffington Post, 9/10).