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Tuesday, March 11 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Online Only: Lessons from the Texas Abortion Fight

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If you weren't following the Texas Legislature's 2013 battle over abortion online, you missed the story. Television news and print media caught the highlights, but #TamponGate, “Hail Satan” and the “jars of feces” mystery all broke online. When lawmakers took a key vote on a sweeping abortion bill after the deadline, the evidence came in the form of a senator's Instagrammed photo of a time stamp. When state police claimed to have confiscated jars of feces from Capitol protesters, the lack of photo evidence on social media suggested to many that the police were lying.
In this panel, a pro-life lobbyist, a pro-choice activist and two Texas journalists analyze how the story changed depending on your point of view and who you follow on Twitter. The panel will discuss lessons from a national news story that unfolded almost exclusively on the Internet.

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Emily Horne

LobbyistTexas Right To LifeEmily Horne is a lobbyist for Texas Right to Life - the state's largest pro-life organization, and has lobbied the past two legislative sessions for pro-life reforms. She's a lifelong Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in business marketing... Read More →
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Rocio Villalobos

Organizer, Media Team MemberRise Up TexasRocío Villalobos is an advisor and the Social Justice Education and Leadership Coordinator at the University of Texas at Austin Multicultural Engagement Center. In addition to her organizing work with Rise Up Texas, Rocío is a board member... Read More →

Forrest Wilder

Assoc EditorThe Texas ObserverForrest Wilder, a native of Wimberley, Texas, joined the Observer as a staff writer in 2005. Forrest specializes in environmental reporting and runs the “Forrest for the Trees” blog. Forrest has appeared on Democracy Now!, The Rachel Maddow Show and... Read More →

Tuesday March 11, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Austin Convention Center, Room 9ABC 500 E Cesar Chavez St