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Watch: Abortion Rights Advocate Gets Personal - Then Gets Kicked Out

There's been countless explosive moments in Texas' ongoing legislative battle over abortion — but few moments like this posted to YouTube. 

Yesterday, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 1, which would restrict abortions across Texas. Some 13 hours of testimony later, committee chair Sen. Jane Nelson called on abortion rights advocate Sarah Slamen, whose two minutes included pointed descriptors of the committee members themselves – language that got her ejected.

Slamen’s testimony targeted Sen. Donna Campbell – using memorable language to question her ability to serve as a medical consultant for the bill. She then attempted to address Sen. Glenn Hegar before being escorted out of the committee room. Fellow abortion-rights supporters outside the committee chambers then applauded Slamen as she was escorted by DPS from the Capitol Extension. You can see that video here.

In an interview with abortion-rights advocacy blog RH Reality Check Slamen said, “I didn’t curse. I didn’t call anybody a murderer. I didn’t throw my shoe.”

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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