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Actress Connie Britton has teamed up with the Planned Parenthood Action Fund to show her support for the reproductive rights of Texas women, according to a press release from the nonprofit advocacy group.
The Emmy-nominated actress and Planned Parenthood have released a limited edition T-shirt that reads: “WWTD? What Would Tami do?” and “standwithtexaswomen.org.” Britton starred as Tami Taylor in the popular television series "Friday Night Lights," which revolved around a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas.
The announcement came on the heels of state Sen. Wendy Davis’ 13-hour filibuster against a Texas abortion bill last Tuesday. The Democrat’s filibuster helped run out the clock on a special session of the state legislature and prevented a vote on the bill, which could shut down 36 out of 42 health centers that provide abortions in Texas.
Gov. Rick Perry, who is a strong supporter of the bill, could still revive the proposal with another special session of the Republican-dominated legislature that began on Monday.
According to Planned Parenthood, the T-shirts are intended “to help people around the country show their support for the women of Texas” and to bring attention to the efforts of reproductive rights advocates like Davis. Britton’s celebrity and the popularity of her "Friday Night Lights" character also are meant to draw attention to the issue.
“The character of 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,” said Britton in the press release. “I have been inspired by how many people around the country have united to stand with the women of Texas, and I can’t help but think that, in this moment, we all have the opportunity to join with and become strong, powerful Texas men and women.”