First Word: Dramatic speech on Texas House floor

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Rep. Senfronia Thompson listens to questions with other representatives regarding her proposed amendment to allow abortion as late as twenty-four weeks in...
Rep. Senfronia Thompson listens to questions with other representatives regarding her proposed amendment to allow abortion as late as twenty-four weeks in...
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All eyes are on Texas as debate on the controversial abortion bill began Tuesday in the state House Of Representatives, two weeks after Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis epic filibuster to block the legislation in the last session.

Lawmakers are considering House Bill 2, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks and effectively shut down most clinics. A vote could come as early as today.

While holding a coat hanger, Democratic Rep. Senfronia Thompson had harsh words for the Republican effort to roll back women’s right to choose. “We were these men’s first teachers. We taught them how to put their pants on, how to tie their shoes, how to potty,” Thompson said while answering questions about her proposed amendment. “And all of a sudden when we get to be adults, then we become senile to the extent that we don’t know what is good for ourselves, we cannot make decisions for ourselves, like we can’t think ourselves out of a paper bag. And we can.”

First Word: Dramatic speech on Texas House floor

Updated