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:
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