Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Voters Reject Abortion Restrictions AGAIN (11/23/13)

Hal had me on to recap a very busy week in reproductive justice. And, in case I don't remember to say it often enough, my gratitude for his insistence that these issues are covered on his show continues to grow with every spot.

When abortion restrictions are put to popular vote, they lose. Every time. Full stop. Albuquerque proved it AGAIN. The 20-week ban lost by a ten point margin because of grassroots efforts by pro-choice groups. Hal continues to hammer the point that this chipping away municipality by municipality and clinic by clinic is a concerted, long-term plan by the extreme right-wing. Which is a good chance for me to plug Robin Marty and Jessica Mason Pieklo's book, Crow After Roe that outlines the legislative and court-based effort to overturn Roe v Wade.

Texas is AH-MAZING. The #TexasWomenForever telethon ROCKED with more than $54,000 raised from more than 800 individual donors. The next morning, however Justice Scalia spoke, giving his seal of approval on the admitting privileges provision that shut down 1/3 of the clinics in Texas and threatening to close more doors in the long term. This crisis continues and is about you even if you're in a "safe blue state."

We pause to say, "Fuck you, Rush." Ok, we stayed FCC appropriate, but everybody knows what Hal and I were thinking.

I posit that Rick Perry think's he's god, which was corrected by Hal. Perry thinks he was appointed by god, a much scarier proposition.

And we took a few minutes for the ACA destruction plan uncovered by Talking Points Memo. I'm hearing none of it because I got my first premium bill for the NY state exchange this week which means I am officials ready to go for January 1 and comprehensive coverage! I dare the GOP to try and take it from me. Seriously. Try.

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Hal Sparks Radio Prgm — TexasWomenForever (11/09/13)

#TexasWomenForever -- November 18, streaming everywhere!

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose: Online Telethon to Support TX Women

The nation is pulling together for the women of Texas who -- following the lifting of the Fifth Circuit Court stay -- only have abortion access in six of the state's 256 counties.

THIS IS NOT OK! We love Texas -- geography should NOT equal access. So, the amazing, hilarious Lizz Winstead and completely unpredictable, spectacular Sarah Silvermanhave pulled together a last minute telethon with a line-up you won't believe.

Hal was kind enough to let me come on and plug the event, which has gotten more Texas-y, more abortion-y, more funny, more crazy, more surprise guest-y than I built up on the show! I'll be live tweeting from the event account (as well as my own) @TXWomenForever and using the hashtag #TexasWomenForever, so get a group together to watch the livestream (link coming soon to the event page) and join in the conversation!

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Hal Sparks Radio Pgm -- Fight Back Texas, take 2 (11/02/13)

Right now, if you are able, Lilith Fund and Stigma Relief need your help assisting those patients traveling great distance at great expense to access reproductive care. Whole Women's Health closed 1/3 of its clinics without notice, calling patients the night before to cancel appointments. Give if you can and spread the word.

Hal and I picked up our conversation from Friday's Stephanie Miller Show segment on Fight Back Texas. ICYMI: Thursday night's Fifth Circuit Court decision on HB2 which effectively shut down 1/3 of the Texas abortion providers effective immediately. Greg Abbott, the Texas State Attorney General -- who gets more and more awful the more you know about him, won his appeal of the stay granted earlier in the week against the TRAP provision requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at area hospitals. Appeals courts in other parts of the country have struck down admitting laws, which means the next step for legal action is the Supreme Court -- where Anthony Kennedy will likely be the deciding vote.

According to TeaFund, there are 254 counties in Texas. As of today, only 6 of them have an abortion provider. The laws will continue to be challenged, but in the meantime this is real people's lives that are being devastated.

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You can hear The Hal Sparks Radio Program live Saturdays from 12-2pm EST on WCPT and streaming everywhere on the HalSparksLive ustream channel.
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Stephanie Miller Show -- Fight Back Texas (11/01/13)

Right now, if you are able, Lilith Fund and Stigma Relief need your help assisting those patients traveling great distance at great expense to access reproductive care. Whole Women's Health closed 1/3 of its clinics without notice, calling patients the night before to cancel appointments. Give if you can and spread the word.

I joined Hal Sparks, filling in for Stephanie, to talk about Thursday night's Fifth Circuit Court decision on HB2 which effectively shut down 1/3 of the Texas abortion providers effective immediately. Greg Abbott, the Texas State Attorney General -- who gets more and more awful the more you know about him, won his appeal of the stay granted earlier in the week against the TRAP provision requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at area hospitals. Appeals courts in other parts of the country have struck down admitting laws, which means the next step for legal action is the Supreme Court -- where Anthony Kennedy will likely be the deciding vote.

Texas needs us. First, to push back on all the "just let them secede" and "well, of course, it's Texas" sarcasm. The activists there are brave and tireless and spend time on the front lines with little appreciation or recognition. Geography should not dictate access to health, life or Constitutional rights. Also, if you need a thing to affect you directly to get you motivated, this assault on reproductive rights isn't going to stop at the red state borders.

In the segment, I mentioned the book Crow After Roe by Robin Marty and Jessica Mason Pieklo for anyone interested in the extreme right-wing's long term plan on overturning my right to bodily autonomy.

If you want more on the court situation, check out Sam Seder and Cliff Schecter on The Majority Report the morning after the decision.

The easy download/stream is available at the Katie Speak Live! tab on my website.

You can hear The Stephanie Miller Show live weekdays from 9am-Noon EST and syndicated around the country.
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