Today, members of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, led by Co-Chairs Congresswomen Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), began gathering signatures for a letter to Texas State Senator Wendy Davis thanking her for her successful filibuster of S.B. 5, a dangerous and unconstitutional anti-choice bill. S.B. 5 would have banned abortions after twenty weeks -- a move that has been struck down by state-level courts across the country -- and placed harsh restrictions on emergency contraception and clinics catering to women's health.
The text of the letter is below:
Dear Senator Davis:
Thank you for your courageous and powerful stand on the floor of the Texas State Senate last night. The passion and commitment you showed repeats a message that American women delivered at the polls in the 2012 election -- that women matter and will be heard. As we fight for women's health on the floor of the House of Representatives, we are heartened that you and others are fighting the same battles in statehouses across this country. The battle will continue, and we look forward to standing with you to protect women's health!
Louise M. Slaughter, Co-Chair of Pro-Choice Caucus
Diana DeGette, Co-Chair of Pro-Choice Caucus