Connie Britton Jumps Into Texas Abortion Fight

The 'Nashville' star teams up with Planned Parenthood to sell special edition T-shirts.

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"Friday Night Lights" may have gone off the air two years ago, but that isn't stopping Tami Taylor from jumping into the Texas abortion fight. Connie Britton, the actress who played Coach Taylor's wife, is teaming up with the Planned Parenthood Action Fund to sell a limited edition "What Would Tami Taylor Do?" T-shirt.

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"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 announcing the T-shirt Monday. "I have been inspired by how 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."

Texas has become ground zero of the nation's abortion debate after state senator Wendy Davis led a filibuster of legislation that would have closed a majority of the abortion clinics in the state. Gov. Rick Perry has since called a special session of the Texas legislature starting Monday to move on the bill.

Britton has spoken out before on women's issues and particularly in support of Planned Parenthood. In 2012, she wrote a USA Today op-ed criticizing the Mitt Romney campaign for its use of the "Friday Night Lights" slogan, "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose," and pointed out that Tami and other characters on the show depended on Planned Parenthood services.

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"Like people across the country, Connie Britton saw thousands of Texans stand up last week and demand to be heard, and she wanted to stand with them," Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in Monday's statement.

The shirt, which is being sold at cost, comes in orange and white, and says "standwithtexaswomen.org" on the back, a reference to the Twitter hashtag #standwithwendy that went viral during Davis's 13-hour filibuster. Coincidentally, there have already been calls for Britton to star as Davis in a possible film adaptation of the showdown.

 

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Corrected on : This article has been updated to include comments made by the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.