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July 2, 2013

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"The Texas Spring: How Wendy Davis Is Taking on the Good Ole Boys," Vivian Norris, Huffington Post  blogs: State Sen. Wendy Davis' (D) filibuster of an antiabortion omnibus measure (HB 2, SB1) "was the beginning of our 'Texas Spring,'" Norris writes. She adds that "corruption and abuse of women's rights has been par for the course" in the state's "good ole boy power structure," such as when Gov. Rick Perry (R) and the GOP called a "special session to close virtually every abortion clinic in Texas." Norris writes, "We need to make sure that the good ole boys know that we are all watching every move they make" as the Texas Legislature takes up the bill again during a second special session. Their "fear tactics" and "abuse of power" are "why the voices of the raucous crowd of women and men who filled the capitol in support of Senator Wendy Davis are so very important," she explains (Norris, Huffington Post blogs, 6/28).

What others are saying about the Texas antiabortion bill:

~ "Inspired by Wendy Davis? Run for Office," Nina Flores, Huffington Post blogs.

~ "Texas Women's Health Advocates Gear Up For Another Fight: 'A Fuse Has Been Lit in Austin,'" Tara Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Texas Republican Leader Blasts Perry: He 'Crossed A Line' Criticizing Wendy Davis," Scott Keyes, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "Guest Column: 'Ruly Mob"' Was Prompted by Civic Duty," Kathy Genet, Texas Tribune.

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"Ohio Simultaneously Makes It Harder To Prevent a Pregnancy and Harder To Terminate One," Amanda Marcotte, Slate 's "XX Factor": Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday took attacks on abortion and contraception "a step further" by signing a budget bill (HB 59) that "merges his party's anti-contraception and anti-abortion agendas into one," Marcotte writes. The measure includes a requirement that women obtain an ultrasound before an abortion, restrictions on abortion providers' agreements with local hospitals and a "defunding of contraceptive services" at family planning clinics, she explains. It also cuts welfare services for unmarried mothers but increases funding to antiabortion crisis pregnancy centers. "Taken together, the cuts to contraception funding, the cuts to welfare, the restrictions on abortion, and the money flowing to crisis pregnancy centers paint a very grim view of how Ohio Republicans see women -- and low-income women especially: as baby factories that need to dramatically increase production," Marcotte writes, concluding, "You can call that 'pro-life' if you want, but it's increasingly clear that it's just anti-woman" (Marcotte, "XX Factor," Slate, 7/1).

What others are saying about the Ohio budget:

~ "Surrounded by Men, Ohio Governor Signs Stringent Abortion Restrictions Into Law," Culp-Ressler, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."

~ "What Makes Ohio's New Abortion Law Unique," Rachel Weiner, Washington Post's "The Fix."

~ "Ohio Joins the War on Women, Redefines Pregnancy," Andy Kroll, Mother Jones.