Texas state senator Wendy Davis attempted to block a strict anti-abortion bill with a 13-hour filibuster on June 25, but was forced to stop after nearly 11 hours of nonstop standing and talking. The controversial bill was declared dead at 3 a.m. on June 26.
Wendy Davis, 50, laced up her running shoes and prepared for a 13-hour filibuster on June 25 in a special Texas legislature session over a controversial and strict anti-abortion bill that would close nearly every abortion clinic in Texas. Wendy tried to block the passing of the bill with the filibuster, but only made it 10 full hours successfully speaking and standing. She was forced to stop after the senate chairman ruled she had gone off topic.
Wendy Davis’ Fillibuster — Texas Senator Tries To Block Bill
Wendy’s effort to block the bill lasted nearly 11 hours, but filibuster rules state the senator must remain standing without assistance and must continue talking on topic. She attempted to filibuster all the way until midnight to prevent the senate from voting on the bill, but was forced to stop after the senate chairman declared she had strayed from the topic when she started talking about mandatory ultrasound testing.
The state senate would have had to vote on the bill before midnight on June 25, but more than 400 protesters interrupted 15 minutes before the vote in what is known as “a people’s filibuster,” according to the Associated Press.
The vote was technically completed after midnight, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst declared the bill dead at 3 a.m. and the special session over. But Governor Rick Perry could ask for another session to reconsider the anti-abortion bill, according to CNN.
Anti-Abortion Bill Would Be Strictest In State’s History
The bill, known as Senate Bill 5, passed in the house and would have administered such restrictions on abortions, including banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and limit abortions to surgical centers only — closing nearly every abortion clinic in the state.
“There were attempts to shove every rule aside in order to try to cram this vote through, and the voices of the people who were in the Capitol gallery tonight could not be silenced, and it simply didn’t allow the vote to be taken in time,” Wendy said in the early morning of June 26.
What do YOU think of Wendy’s filibuster, HollyMoms? Are you happy the bill didn’t pass?
WATCH: Wendy Davis Fillibusters Anti-Abortion Bill
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