Andrea Grimes is a powerhouse reproductive rights journalist here in Texas and, I’m proud to say, a good friend. She was tweeting up a righteous and smart storm today so I asked her if I could put her words here and she agreed.
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And now I present to you, Andrea Grimes:
It’s real easy to write off Wendy Davis when you’re not facing the impending threat to your actual daily freedoms that is Greg Abbott.
Davis’ recent remarks on the 20 week ban are real solidly in keeping with what she stood for during the session.
If you were looking for a ‘free abortion on demand’ politician, you weren’t looking for Wendy Davis. We all knew this. This is Texas.
We’re fighting against people who WANT TO REPEAL ROE VS WADE and TAKE FOOD OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF CHILDREN. We can work with Wendy.
I was legit surprised by Davis’ position on open carry; it’s bizarre pandering to a group who’d never vote for her in the first place.
But this 20 week shit? Is straight up STANDARD PLAY for Texas Democrats. A position taken by lots and LOTS of our liberal lawmakers.
Like, were coastal pundits listening during the filibuster or just frothing over a pretty lady with fun shoes putting on a silly Texas show? Davis NEVER ARGUED against the premise of a 20-week ban. She argued against fetal pain and against a lack of exceptions.
The reality is that RJ folks in Texas have known for a LONG ASS TIME that Davis’ repro politics are not on the cutting edge.
Do I wish Davis would support an outright repeal of the 20 week ban YES I DO. THAT SHIT IS FUCKED UP. But here’s what we’re working with.
I know that people in Texas are going to get very sick, going to die, going to be infertile, if we don’t get a Gov. with an ounce of sense.
LIKE YOU REALIZE GREG ABBOTT WANTS TO PRIVATIZE OUR SCHOOLS AND SET OUR LAKES AND RIVERS AFIRE WITH GASOLINE AND CHEMICALS RIGHT?
Wendy Davis has good, smart, reasonable, practical ideas about how to fix the shit that is fucked up about Texas. I’m not bailing on her.
One of my coastal-dwelling FB friends, who claims to be a fellow “soldier,” called Wendy Davis “fucking awful” today. I don’t need that kind of “soldier.” That dude is not even ON THE SAME FUCKING BATTLEFIELD AS I AM. The “fucking awful” dude then tagged me in a post asking me to explain, to/for him, why WD isn’t “fucking awful.” GUESS WHO GAVE NO FUCKS
And like, fuck everybody who thinks the dumbass “having it all” conversation doesn’t come into play on this WD stuff. Like, we cannot even have one fucking moment where we’re not picking a female politician apart for her (perceived) failures.
If you’re mad about WD and you don’t live in TX? GIVE WENDY DAVIS YOUR MONEY. We’re never getting a ‘better’ candidate w/out baby steps.
But fundamentally IDEK why I bother with this shit, because the people who weren’t here for TX last year, last EVER, still aren’t.
And straight up, Wendy Davis is REALLY FUCKING GOOD on a lot of issues that enable Texans to live their lives and prosper.
ABSOLUTELY a 20 week abortion ban affects people who are the most marginalized, and FUCK 20 WEEK ABORTION BANS. But shit is BIGGER THAN THAT
This is the fucked up shit about “pro-choice” being the metric for how we decide who’s on “our team” or whatever.
Repro justice is about a lot fucking more than saying “I don’t support a 20 week abortion ban.” It’s about food, voting rights, LGBT rights.
I’m not looking for a damn tally of “pro-choice” gotchas. I’m looking for a governor who believes in PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO FUCKING EAT
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if WD came out all ‘free abortion on demand.’ But we are talking about REAL LIFE and PRACTICAL POLITICS. This is it.
BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE FUCK WHAT? REPEAL THE 20 WEEK ABORTION BAN AND LO TEXANS STILL CAN’T ACCESS FOOD, HEALTH CARE. Saddle your high horse the fuck up over your own willful ignorance about what WD stands for. You’ll be riding over the bodies of Texans.
Political purity is a privilege. We don’t have it here in Texas, and TBH if you think you have it in a blue state, you’re deluded.