With so much going on last night and today, we didn’t cover the filibuster by Texas State Senator and new Democratic hero Wendy Davis.
Davis gave a 13+ hour filibuster against a Texas proposed law restricting abortions after 20-weeks. Her filibuster was joined by hundreds of screaming protesters reminiscent of the takeover of the Wisconsin State House.
Davis and the protesters managed to run out the clock on the Texas Special Session, so that when the bill passed it was a few minutes late.
It also started a #StandWithWendy hashtag on Twitter joined in by Barack Obama.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2013
Rick Perry, however, is calling the Senate back into Special Session to pass the law again, via AP:
Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday called a second special session of the Texas Legislature to pass widespread abortion restrictions, after the first attempt by Republicans died overnight following a marathon one-woman filibuster.
Perry ordered lawmakers to meet again on July 1 to act on the abortion proposals, as well as separate bills that would boost highway funding and deal with a juvenile justice issue. The sweeping abortion rules would close nearly all abortion clinics and impose other widespread restrictions on the procedure across the nation’s second-largest state.
The measure passed the House, but died after Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis led a more than 12-hour filibuster effort. Hundreds of protesters then cheered, disrupting Senate proceedings as the session closed at midnight.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst hinted that another special session was coming when he denounced the protesters as an “unruly mob.” Democrats who urged them on called the outburst democracy in action.
In either point of view, a raucous crowd of chanting, singing, shouting demonstrators effectively took over the Texas Capitol. The final outcome took several hours to sort out.
Reports of the death of SB5 were premature:
Thanks to the powerful voices of thousands of Texans, #SB5 is dead. An incredible victory for Texas women and those who love them.
— Wendy Davis (@wendydavis) June 26, 2013
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