Mar 10, 2014
Wendy Davis Mounting 13-Hour Filibuster Against Abortion Bill
Posted on Jun 25, 2013
UPDATE 2: The Associated Press reports that the bill is dead.
UPDATE: Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst cut off Davis’ filibuster late Tuesday night, saying she strayed off topic. Democrats appealed the decision, and one state senator—Kirk Watson, also a Democrat—appeared to be readying a filibuster attempt on Dewhurst’s decision, according to the Associated Press.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat from Fort Worth, is single-handedly trying to block an extreme anti-abortion bill being pushed by Republicans that would significantly reduce access to the procedure and ban it outright after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the U.S.’ second most populous state.
As of Tuesday late afternoon, Davis was in the middle of a one-woman, 13-hour long filibuster in which she can’t sit, use the bathroom or take a meal break. In order to kill Senate Bill 5, Davis must speak until midnight local time, when the Texas legislature’s special session comes to an end.
According to The Texas Tribune, Davis was given her second warning for violating filibuster rules after a colleague helped her put on a back brace. One more violation and her attempt to filibuster the legislation could be over.
Watch the livestream below of the filibuster:
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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