On the final day of Texas’ legislative session, Democratic Senator Wendy Davis secured a victory for women in the Lone Star state. It took her more than 12 hours to accomplish the feat.
The Republican dominated Texas legislature was poised to pass the most restrictive abortion package in the United States. The only way to stop its passage was an old fashioned filibuster. Wendy Davis took the floor in the Texas Senate at 11:18 Tuesday morning. She had to talk non-stop until midnight, and not go ‘off topic.’ She was not allowed a bathroom break, or to lean on an object.
Senator Davis stood in pink tennis shoes and talked for almost 13 hours. Twitter fans were mesmerized. There were more than 730,000 ‘tweets’, and in the last two minutes, at 11:58 p.m., 5776 per minute.
Senate Bill 5 (SB 5) would ban abortions after the 20th week of a pregnancy. According to opponents, new abortion clinic standards in the bill would effectively shutter 37 of the state’s 42 abortion clinics. The bill would give Texas some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
By 10:30 p.m., the YouTube channel live streaming the special senate session passed 100,000 viewers, and the number jumped when Senator Davis was found to be in violation of senate rules for straying off topic.
This was Senator Davis’ third violation of the strict Texas rules for filibuster. Other senators opposed to the legislation supported her with questions, and ‘points of order’ which ran out the clock.
Kudos to Senator Davis for her 12 hour plus victory for the women of Texas.
The Guardian Express