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UPDATE: Texas State Senator Wendy Davis Has Taken Over The Floor Of The Texas Senate

by Jean Ann Esselink on June 25, 2013

in Civil Rights,Jean Ann Esselink,News,Politics,War on Women

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At 11:18 this morning, State Senator Wendy Davis took to the floor of the Texas State Senate, beginning a filibuster that Democrats hope will stop the passage of a bill that targets abortion rights in the state. Senator Davis wore pink tennis shoes, ready for the almost 13 hours she must continue speaking to keep Republicans from calling for a vote.

(I am) “rising on the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans” Senator Davis began, calling the Republican scheme to pass the abortion bill in special session a “raw abuse of power.” She was greeted by cheers and shouts of “Go Wendy” from the crowded gallery.

The Senator’s chair was removed as she began speaking. Senate rules say she cannot sit, lean on her desk, eat, or even leave for a bathroom break. That makes Senator Davis a lonely combatant in the War on Women. She alone must continue to speak until midnight tonight, when the 30 day special session will expire, along with the abortion bill. Senator Davis says she plans to read the stories of women and their doctors who would be adversely affected by the new restrictions into the record.

Republicans were split on whether they thought the filibuster will succeed. Senator Dan Patrick complained Democrats never should have been allowed to put Republicans “in a box,” but Lt. Governor David Dewhurt told reporters he refused to consider the legislation dead.

Senate Democrats say they chose Senator Davis because as a former teenage mother, she has a unique understanding of reproductive issues. Learn more about Wendy Davis in her campaign video:


Read more on today’s drama in Texas:

Texas Democrats Engage In Battle Today, Fighting The ‘Imaginary’ War On Women

Women Cry Foul, As Texas Clamps Down On Abortion Rights In A Pre-Dawn Vote This Morning

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Leah Shafer June 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Go, Wendy, go!

Gingerbred81 June 25, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Way to go Wendy! God bless you for doing what's right. I personally will be praying that you succeed. A lot of women will live happier, healthier lives because of people like you. You rawk!!!!

fpcinnyc June 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Abortion is such a difficult and very personal decision to make. Why are these men trying to even get involved. Especially since they want nothing to do with a child once it's out of the womb!

John Wilkinson June 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

13 hours to speak, I am in awe, and deeply sorrowed and disgusted that we still live in a world where what she is doing is necessary.

formerxblogger June 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Wendy Davis is as heroic as it gets.

mtnrunner2 June 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Maybe she should spend her time doing a presentation for Christian conservatives on the difference between "potential" and "actual", and on how only independent beings can have rights.

labman57 June 26, 2013 at 1:27 am

Many Republicans thump their chests and proclaim that abortions performed in certified medical clinics must be banned completely, no matter the circumstances of the pregnancy. Because the GOP doesn't give a rat's ass about the rights and well-being of rape and incest victims.

Much better to have said procedure performed with a wire coat hanger in a back alley, or with a chemical coat hanger provided by a non-accredited physician in a dingy third world doctor's office.
So much for the tea party/conservative movement's mantra: "small, non-intrusive government".

Republican leadership to female voters: "The GOP has your back."

American women to Republican Party: "WE will decide whether or not our rights are being assaulted by conservative policies, thank you very much."

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