If you are a woman on her period in Texas who would like to watch her legislators in action today, you're gonna have to leave a stain on the seat. Cause those senators don't want anything to plug up your ultra scary VAGINA.
Publish date:
July 12, 2013
abortion, Texas, tampons

Right now, the 83rd Texas Legislature is in full swing, entering day 12 of its 2nd 30-day special session. On the menu for today? Guaranteed passage of HB2, a sweeping piece of abortion regulating legislation.

To celebrate this landmark moment in the war on women, state troopers have begun confiscating tampons, maxi pads, and “feminine hygiene” products from female spectators looking to enter the gallery and watch their government make decisions that will directly impact their lives.

I’d like to take this opportunity to point out that there are ways to hide a tampon that may be a little more secret than in your handbag, and might make a bit more of an impact were you to throw it at your state senator.

Also, Texas lawmakers, here’s a pro tip: if you are afraid of your constituents throwing shit at you, it may be a sign you are doing something wrong.

A HUGE, HEARTFELT THANK YOU to the BAD-ASS Texas women and men who have shown up, stood up, and spoken up for women everywhere. My heart is full.

UPDATE 4:55 PM EDT: Texas DPS troopers clearly took their Midol, and are now allowing folks to bring tampons into gallery again. Ya think the Internet's swift response could have had anything to do with it?

UPDATE 7:42 PM EDT: A little levity from the Interwebs:


UPDATE 1:00 AM EDT, July 13:HB2 officially passes Texas Senate. The Texas Governor's signature will make it law.

GOD BLESS TEXAS. More to come as it happens.

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