Last night Texas finally passed its controversial anti-abortion legislation, which will close all but five clinics in the state, severely restricting abortions even in cases of rape or incest, and effectively cutting off access to reproductive healthcare for much of its female population.
The passage of the anti-abortion measure came after weeks of heated protests, culminating in demonstrations and arrests last night at the Capitol. The scene veered off into the surreal when tampons and maxi pads were confiscated from demonstrators for fear that they would be throw at officials. Guns, however, were freely permitted inside.
Gov. Rick Perry need only sign the bills into law, which is all but a done deal.
But based on public reactions to the decision, one point is glaringly obvious: This fight is far from over. While proponents of the legislation were high-fiving and applauding its passage, activists remained defiant. Here are some of their most memorable posts which have been pouring in from social media since the bill was passed last night.
There were plenty of declarations, promising not to give up.
Many others touched on the social consequences of Texas' decision.
There was an outpouring of posts about what's being called "tampon-gate." The attention it received spawned the #Replaceawordinamoviewithtampon hashtag that's been trending globally today.
http://t.co/mkW0MyfvrC Make no mistake: The point of the tampon confiscation was humiliation, regardless of the excuse.— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) July 13, 2013
#ReplaceAWordInAMovieWithTampon The Devil Wears Tampons— ⚓ IG: IAMPAULIE ⚓ (@Trendeh) July 13, 2013
Dude, Where's My Tampon? #replaceawordinamoviewithtampon— Andrea G (@AndreaHendo) July 13, 2013
Texas' pro-choice Democrats are now gearing up for their next attempt to take down the bill, which they call unecessary and unconstitutional.
Dallas Sen. Royce West said on the Senate floor yesterday, "There will be a lawsuit. I promise you."
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