Take a stand with Sen. Wendy Davis

Photo: A symbol from Germany’s Women’s Movement in the 1970s. Photo by unknown author [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Lauren Bana/Staff Writer

On June 25, I encountered an uprising all across the world of social media. Every other, if not every Tumblr post, Facebook post, and tweet, echoed with the shouts of thousands of feminists all across America.

Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas made one of the greatest impacts on American women over the course of this past week, and I am proud to stand with her.

After an 11 hour long filibuster of an anti-abortion bill, which, according to the International Business Times, “would ban abortions after 20 weeks and add other restrictions that opponents say would close 37 of the state’s 42 abortion clinics, and several other proposed bills,” Davis only temporarily delayed the probability of the bill passing to this Monday.

According to The Washington Post, “Advocates of the legislation say it is a means of assuring abortion is safe; opponents say it would force nearly every abortion clinic in the state to close.”

I, as an opponent to this bill, see the closing of nearly every abortion clinic in the state of Texas as an extremely terrible occurrence for the women of Texas, and I am glad that Davis was adamant enough to stand up to such a biased bill.

Although it appears so, Davis’ filibuster, in which she could not eat, drink, or stop talking, will not have been done in vain.
Whether or not she succeeds in postponing the bill, an entire nation will have seen for themselves the true power that women hold. They will have learned that we will no longer stand for the oppression of those who wish to oppress us.

Many people will have learned that they cannot keep women down with negative talk of eliminating women’s rights to do what we want with our own reproductive systems.

Junior AnaMaria Zambrano said that she feels that “women have become so used to having our rights taken away that some women have even bought into the nonsense the oppressors have been feeding us.”

“I’m proud to stand with Wendy Davis and the women of Texas on this, and I know that she will inspire people all over America to stand up and fight for their rights,” said Zambrano.

I think that having someone like Davis stand up against those oppressors of women’s rights can really have an impact on our generation to stand up for our rights in the same, strong way that she did.

Davis not only stood in her bright pink and green tennis shoes for the women of Texas, but for all the women of America.
I’m hoping that what has been happening in Texas will teach women in our University’s community to stand up for their rights as well; and maybe we will have our own Wendy Davis rise from FIU to stand up for the rights of women everywhere.




1. “Sen. Wendy Davis Filibuster Defeat Prompts Texas Abortion Bill To Return To Legislature,” International Business Times

2. “Texas state senator Wendy Davis filibusters her way to Democratic stardom,” via The Washington Post

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