Earlier this week, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, successfully joined what the Lieutenant Governor called an “unruly mob” to filibuster a bill that sought to protect Texas women from the uglier side of late term abortions. The Senator is on the wrong side of this one. This bill would protect women from the fate of the victims of late term abortion clinics all over the country. Thankfully, Governor Perry has vowed to pass the bill next week.
The bill essentially seeks to meet two common sense objectives. First, it effectively bans late term abortions, while allowing abortion in all cases where the baby is unable to survive on her own outside of the womb. Secondly, it holds Texas abortion clinics to the same standards that other medical facilities are held to.
Two thirds of the people’s representatives in the state Senate support this bill, because it seeks to protect women, not harm them. Too often, women are told that their strength comes from their right to discard the precious gift of life they have been given. The truth of the matter is that the strength of women and what makes them tougher than each of their male counterparts is their tenancy of achievement while successfully performing motherhood.
Every day, millions of American men go to work and come home. But our mothers work even harder – no matter what their vocation. Mothers work jobs outside the home every week for forty plus hours and then come home and work second jobs as mothers. Stay-at-home moms work from sunrise to sunset teaching, feeding, caring and playing with our children. The typical male archetype represents a raw strength, but the modern woman is a picture of true strength -- balancing career, marriage, the running of a home, education and motherhood in only 24 hours a day – this is true fortitude.
I’ve seen the same strength in my mother, wife, grandmothers and mother-in-law. Nothing can stand in the way of a hard working mother.
The Senator that filibustered in Texas this week may feel empowered by exercising her rights to not become a mother, but I would argue that she has gained her strength by becoming one. Anyone can work hard and have a career, but it takes true tenacity and work ethic to do so while raising a family.
I couldn’t disagree any more with the position of the Senator that filibustered against the right to life of Texas children. Yet, I couldn’t admire a hard-working mother anymore for successfully rising to lead her community while raising a family. It is her skills, her bravery and her love of family that make her strong – not her rigid ideology. Hopefully this bill, once passed can help ensure that more mothers are given the opportunity to lead in this way while also giving future mothers the right to life.