Voice of the People

by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon

I stood on the Floor of the Texas Senate, watching the debate on Senate Bill 5, as thousands of Texans stood outside the gallery. Their lines wrapped around all four floors of the Capitol rotunda. I was amazed at the crowd! I have been a Member of the Texas House for nearly twenty years and I have never witnessed civic engagement on such a large scale. The sheer determination of the crowd—men and women—demonstrated how important this issue is. They began coming in before 10 a.m., and they refused to go quietly into the night, even though the State DPS troopers tried to clear the gallery near midnight. The crowd’s message was clear: government should be for the people, not against them—and specifically not against women.

Read more in the July/August 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.