She Speaks For Herself

Ep5: "Our Constitutional Rights Under Roe v. Wade" Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold, 1977

September 08, 2020 Live Story Productions Season 1 Episode 5
She Speaks For Herself
Ep5: "Our Constitutional Rights Under Roe v. Wade" Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold, 1977
Show Notes

Summary Episode 5 "Our Constitutional Rights Under Roe v. Wade"
Guest Co-Host Lulu Flores introduces the Honorable Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold, the first chair of NWPC and former elected member of the Texas House of Representatives. As a lawyer and legislator, Sissy presents the legal status of women's Constitutional rights to access safe and legal abortion services under Roe v. Wade four years after it became law in 1973.

Introduction: I’m Lulu Flores, past president of the National Women’s Political Caucus and co-host for today’s episode of She Speaks For Herself. 

The Honorable Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold is a pioneering political leader who has devoted her life to public service, education, peace, and human rights. 

As one of three women to graduate from the University of Texas School of Law in 1949, Sissy Farenthold began her political career as an elected member of the Texas House of Representatives in 1968 — and, at the time, was the only woman elected to serve in that legislative branch. 

In the early 1970s, Sissy Farenthold twice ran for the office of Governor of Texas and was a top contender for the Vice Presidential nomination at the 1972 Democratic Party Convention. 

In 1973, Sissy became the first chair of the National Women’s Political Caucus. Through her understanding of complex legal and policy issues, Sissy led NWPC’s early years as a multi-partisan, pro-choice political force. Her leadership helped women gain political power through elected and appointed office at all levels of government. 

In this 1977 keynote speech given at NWPC’s biennial convention, Sissy Farenthold reflects on the challenges facing Roe v. Wade — the 1973 Supreme Court ruling granting constitutional rights to all women seeking safe and legal access to abortion services. 

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