Sarah Slamen, a 28-year-old woman from Texas, was thrown out of the Texas legislature by troopers for merely beginning a review of her legislators. Objecting to the obvious non-experts interfering with women’s health on SB1, Slamen told the legislators, “This is a farce. The Texas legislature is a bunch of liars who hate women. These men are paid off.”
Slamen was silenced as troopers swarmed around her because it isn’t a democracy if women are allowed to speak on issues pertaining to women, or if citizens do not always say exactly what our elected lawmakers want to hear.
According to Daily Kos, when asked if she received an explanation as to why she was thrown out of the chamber before her time elapsed, Slamen said she did not:
“Senator Jane Nelson tried to say I was being disrespectful but how would she know? I barely got to give the complete performance review of every member on the committee. Pointing out that Sen. Donna Campbell is an ophthalmologist is not disrespectful when she asserts in a state hearing that she should be THE expert on reproductive health. What was disrespectful was the parade of anti-choice zealots and misogynists who got up for 13 hours and called women murderers, killers, promiscuous, thoughtless, and selfish. Not a peep from committee chair Nelson on those.”
See Slamen’s video here – compliments of You Tube:
Another voice fighting for women’s right to make their own healthcare decisions that day was Jordan Brown. He wrote on his site ( http://jordonbrown.com/ ) afterwards:
“Yesterday, I once again sat for over 12 hours in the Texas State Capitol. Once again we were lining up by the thousands to testify against a vast, overreaching new abortion laws that Texas Republicans are poised to pass. I posted the transcript from testimony last week, and I decided that I wouldn’t take the same approach of reason and logic. Instead, I did something that apparently broke the decorum of the Senate hearing. A few moments later, the decorum would be shattered, but we’ll get to that later. Here’s me breaking things:”
While it seems this bill will undoubtedly pass, we will remember the many people who spoke for women these last few months. We will also remember the Republican lawmakers who refused to listen. With 2014 right around the corner, we still have a chance to have our voices be heard.