My name is Genevieve and I am against SB1.
I am really lucky. I am a middle class woman from a supportive family, with stable and flexible employment, living in one of the cities where a clinic will still be able to provide abortions if this bill passes.
No one should be forced into motherhood, just as no one shouldbe forced to abort a pregnancy. There are so many heartbreaking stores that have been bravely shared throughout this discussion. No one - NO ONE - should be forced into a decision about parenthood by a partner, parent, or legislator.
But if you pass this bill, the heartbreaking stories will sound a little bit different. There will be rural women, women in the Valley, and the Panhandle, poor women, single mothers, and mothers from all kinds of households whose choices are made for them because of the restrictions in this bill.
I will admit, I almost didn’t speak today. I am mentally and emotionally drained from trying, not only to be heard, but to be listened to, and I felt like I was out of words. But, I was reminded that the same privileges that make me less likely to be impacted by this bill also allow me the privilege to be here all day until it is my turn to talk to you.
I’m here for my stepmother, who tearfully shared her story of abortion after rape with me. I’m here for my little sister, because I do not want anyone to take her choices away. I’m here for rural women, women from far off places in Texas, and you know what?
I AM here for myself. Because I am a full citizen of the United States and I deserve to be treated as such. Because generations of women didn’t struggle for equality to have it stripped away due to fear of unwanted pregnancy. Because I will not let you take one more inch of my rights away without a fight. And because as Senator Wendy Davis said, no matter what you do, we will not yield.