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Government Planned Parenthood T-shirt links ‘Friday Night Lights,’ Texas abortion debate

Planned Parenthood T-shirt links ‘Friday Night Lights,’ Texas abortion debate

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State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) in a file photo.

Bryan Koenig, CNN

(CNN) — No movement is complete without memorabilia. Now, supporters of Planned Parenthood and state Sen. Wendy Davis’ fight against new abortion restrictions in have their own.

Planned Parenthood on Monday released a T-shirt available online that links the issue with NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” a former hit TV show about a high school football team set in Dillon, Texas.

The T-shirts are selling for $22-$32 depending on color and ask “WWTTD: What Would Tami Taylor Do?” On the back, the shirts say “standwithtexaswomen.org.” Tami Taylor was played by actress Connie Britton. “The character Tami on Friday Night Lights is a Texas woman deeply committed to her community and to standing up for what is right for her neighbors and the people she loves,” Britton said in a statement released by Planned Parenthood. In a 2010 episode about abortion, a pregnant teenage girl went to Britton’s character, a school principal, who gave the teenager advice about her options. This is not Britton’s first foray into activism, having written a 2012 column criticizing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign for using the rallying cry of the football team in “Friday Night Lights.” Opponents of a Texas bill that would make it illegal to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and restrict abortion providers have made “Stand With Wendy” a rallying cry after the Fort Worth Democrat’s 13-hour filibuster last week temporarily killed the bill as the Texas legislature ended a special session. The day after the filibuster, Gov. Rick Perry called another special session of the legislature to take another shot at passing the bill, which supporters say protects the unborn and women’s health. The new special session started Monday and this time stands a much better chance of passing the abortion bill. A filibuster to stop it would theoretically need to last the entire month-long session. Opponents have vowed to continue fighting. Davis’ initial filibuster drew national attention to the fight, inciting speculation of a possible gubernatorial run, which Davis has said she is considering. Perry has not announced a decision on whether or not he will run for reelection in 2014, although opponents charge that the former 2012 presidential contender is attempting to raise his political profile through his pro-life actions.      

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