• Chile's absolute ban on abortion is forcing an 11-year-old victim of repeated rape to carry through with a pregnancy that would put her and the potential life in danger. [Bust]
• Independent studio Braveart Films has raised nearly $47,000 towards shooting an adaptation of the young adult novel Carrie Pilby. This all-woman team has only two days left to reach its goal of $51,650, so go check out the Kickstarter! [Kickstarter]
• Speaking of Kickstarters, GoldieBlox was a success. The new engineering toy for girls has a fierce commercial out and is set to hit the shelves of stores like Toys R Us soon. [TOR]
• Are you a trans* writer? Trans* literary journal THEM is currently calling for submissions! Submit your work here. [THEM Lit]
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• Today is a big day in Texas, where Governor Rick Perry called a second special session of the legislature, just to take another vote on a bill (now called SB9) that will restrict abortion rights in the state and shut down many clinics. Here's information on the protest at the Capitol, plus background on the bill. [Jessica Luther]
Governor Rick Perry has demanded a second special Texas legislative session on July 1 just to take a vote on bill SB5 that would shutter most of the state's abortion clinics.
That's ridiculous. Wasting public money on a special vote just to women's restrict reproductive rights is unproductive and downright offensive. Senator Wendy Davis and hundreds of protesters fought the bill so hard this week because it is NOT concerned with women's health—they are concerned with controllling women. Like many Americans, we're Pissed at Perry. If Governor Perry and politicians nationwide actually wanted to support the lives and choices of women, why have 49 states passed measures that restrict our rights rather than actually preventing unwanted pregnancies?
Instead of criminalizing abortion, politicians should push for funding comprehensive sex education in schools and making birth control affordable for all women. Those are two smart policies Texas Representative Senfronia Thompson tried to add to Texas' bill, but Republicans shot them down.
What policies should Rick Perry and politicians in every state support to improve the lives of women?