June 26, 2013 by gabnormal
Tuesday, Senator Wendy Davis (Texas) filibustered a bill that would make abortions after 20 weeks illegal, and make it harder for abortion clinics in Texas to do their thing.
Davis spoke for 13 hours, while wearing pink Nike tennis shoes and a back brace so that she wouldn’t lean on anything in accordance to filibuster practices. She also went without food, water or a bathroom break in hopes that she would be able to stop the bill from passing which would mean it wouldn’t be revisited until two years from now.
Under Texas laws Davis had to speak continuously, without even breaking to take a sip of water; she was also not allowed to lean up against anything or the filibuster would die and the bill known as SB 5 would become law.
Just before midnight a third challenge was sustained on Davis’ filibuster where Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called for a vote. Hundreds of protestors erupted in outrage, prompting Davis’ colleagues to step up in support.
As confusion ruled the room Republicans attempted to force through a vote that would pass SB 5 into law, which would have also eliminated 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in Texas. The time stamp on the vote reads 12:02 A.M., two minutes after the official deadline. Despite Republican efforts to lie and change the time stamp, they have lost and Texan women everywhere can rejoice.