The "epic rant" delivered by a woman testifying at hearings on Texas abortion bill HB2 has become a viral hit on the liberal internet.
"Thank you for every hateful statement degrading women & girls to sex objects and brood mares," she said, addressing Republican lawmakers.
28-year-old Sarah Slamen received wild applause from Texas pro-choice supporters as she was escorted out. Watch it here.
In a later interview she said she was given no explanation of why she was escorted out.
There was no explanation. Senator Jane Nelson tried to say I was being disrespectful but how would she know? I barely got to give the complete performance review of every member on the committee. 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.
Testimony like Slamen's may help put the Texas bill in the national spotlight, but it won't stop the bill from being passed by the Republican-controlled legislature. Perhaps the real value for Democrats, though, is in mobilizing pro-choice supporters and Texas progressives to join the campaign to "turn Texas blue."
Via the Daily Kos and YouTube.