Without a doubt, Planned Parenthood has found itself in the middle of one of the most polarizing political battles in recent Texas memory.
After the Komen Foundation's wavering support for health screenings and the announcement that, in September, three Planned Parenthood offices in Texas will be merged into one giant nonprofit, the women's health provider is still facing an uphill battle in Central Texas.
Here in town, a growing number of nonprofits and individual volunteers have declared their unwavering support for Planned Parenthood, hosting fundraisers and telling Gov. Ricky Perry not to mess with Texas women.
Now, one group in town is showing (almost) everything that they have to offer in support of the low cost ladies' health care and education centers here in town. This Saturday, performers from throughout Texas band together for Legislate This!, a burlesque benefit whose proceeds will go entirely to Planned Parenthood of the Capital Texas Region.
Ginger Snaps, the fearless leader of Austin's fabulous Black Widow Burlesque, has organized a voluptuous evening full of 20+ performers from all over Texas and beyond to show this city just amazing and empowered Texas women are. So you'll definitely get your money's worth.
"Most of the performers are from Austin, San Antonio and Dallas," reports Snaps. "These are real women who are being affected by the threats to close these offices. That's why we want to do something."
Some might argue that scantily-clad dancing will only exacerbate the perceptions some conservatives have towards Planned Parenthood in the first place. To Snaps, however, "burlesque is about owning your sexuality and female empowerment; it goes hand in hand with the mission of Planned Parenthood."
Members of Planned Parenthood will be in attendance, showing their own support with a silent auction and themed cocktails. (We hear tell there might be one called "The Dick Perry," but we can't confirm quite yet...)
With 100 percent more tassel twirling than any other protest you've been to lately, this is going to be one heck of a fundraiser. Be good to all the mamas, and they'll be good to you.
The burlesque fun of Legislate This! begins at 6:30 p.m. at the ND@501 Studios. Buy your tickets in advance, and get ready to support central Texas women.