I’ve always been well aware of the seemingly invisible workings of the patriarchy we live in, of being discriminated against as a woman, and disturbingly aware of the many teenage students I saw get pregnant and repeat their cycle of poverty and struggle as a result. Women having the right to control what happens to their own bodies is essential to a healthy society. Countries that have the right to choose and educate citizens about sex, sexuality, and sexual preferences have much lower abortion, death-in-childbirth, and fetal fatality rates.
In Austin I have walked pregnant women across hostile lines for them to get abortion services. At the risk of losing my job as a teacher, I had private and class discussions about teenage pregnancy, birth control and abortion. At the onset of dating, I took my own children and their boyfriends/girlfriends to Planned Parenthood to discuss sex and birth control so that when they had sex, they would have it responsibly and enjoy it. And after having 3 of my own children, my husband and I discussed a vasectomy. He says having the vasectomy was the second-best decision he’s made in his life – after marrying me, of course.
I am in full support of Austin’s GRACE Act; deprioritizing the investigation or enforcement of any charges related to pregnancy and abortion in Austin.
I further support blocking the use of any city funding or other resources for information sharing, data collection and surveillance related to abortion services and other reproductive health decisions.
I also propose that the City of Austin:
Ensures that science-based sex education be taught in public schools.
Offers free vasectomies to all men over the age of 18. Mandate vasectomies for rapists.
Offers free birth control and birth control counsel to all.