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Twisted Sister at a reunion tour

Who knew a Twisted Sister song would become a feminist anthem?

Today, as the Senate Health & Human Services Committee approved the draconian anti-abortion law HB2 and passed it to the Senate floor for a final vote (expected Friday), witnesses sang their opposition.

Via the Austin Chronicle:

Orange-clad opponents of the controversial abortion regulations House Bill 2 rose from their chairs while singing Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” as the Senate Health and Human Services Committee this morning voted 6-3 along party lines to pass the measure onto the full body for consideration.

The vote came after lawmakers also shot down two amendments – also on party lines – that would have provided a rape and incest exemption to the bill’s 20-week ban on abortion, and another that would have exempt from clinic upgrades to ambulatory surgical centers those facilities that would close and leave women more than 50 miles from the nearest health care provider.

After noting that he would like to be shown voting against the rape and incest exemption (he wasn’t in the room when the vote was first taken), Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said that during the marathon committee hearing on the measures that was held Monday, he heard lots of testimony that amounted to people “making bad choices” and then wanting to “walk away from that choice.” He noted that babies born into a bad situation in the “slums” of India may not have many opportunities, but that is not the case with babies born in the United States.

So tonight’s musical selection is Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” from their classic 1984 album Stay Hungry.

But how does Dee Snider feel about all this?


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Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and