A woman’s fiery and sarcastic testimony against an extreme anti-abortion bill in Texas was cut short when state troopers escorted her out of the state Senate.
Sarah Slamen began her testimony to the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services by stating she decided to speak out because she was upset by the “misogyny and greed dominating the state I was born, raised, and schooled in.” Her remarks were first highlighted by the liberal blog Daily Kos.
The Senate committee was holding a hearing on legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and enact strict regulations on abortion clinics, which would force most of the facilities to close down.
“And you know, I had some really eloquent remarks written out, but you guys have just worn me down all day,” Slamen said. “With all this terrible science, and glad-handing, and to be frank I get to move to New York next month, so I don’t have to live in fear of you Texas legislators anymore and what you’re going to do to my education system, or my healthcare system, ‘cause I’m going to a state that doesn’t kill its own inmates. That’s how pro-life it is, up there.”
“I will thank you, though, first,” she continued. “It was destiny that you would discriminate against us and try to force your way inside the bodies of Texas women. Thank you for finally working against women so publicly, and not in the shadows like you’re used to. Thank you for every single bad press conference with your bad information. Thank you for every hateful statement degrading women and girls to sex objects, and brood mares, and bald eagles, and leather wallets, like your eloquent pro-life supporters have done today.”
She then mocked State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) for framing herself as an expert on reproductive health even though she was an ophthalmologist. After this, Chairwoman Jane Nelson (R-Denton) had apparently heard enough. She interrupted Slamen and told her not to disrespect the senators. As the two began to argue, state troopers grabbed Slamen and escorted her out of the room.
In a follow-up interview with the Daily Kos, Slamen said she was unsure why she was removed.
“Pointing out that Sen. Donna Campbell is an ophthalmologist is not disrespectful when she asserts in a state hearing that she should be THE expert on reproductive health. What was disrespectful was the parade of anti-choice zealots and misogynists who got up for 13 hours and called women murderers, killers, promiscuous, thoughtless, and selfish. Not a peep from committee chair Nelson on those.”
Two hundred and eighteen people testified against the bill on Tuesday, according to Nelson. One hundred and thirty seven people testified in support of it.
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