Senator Wendy Davis Filibusters 10 Hours To Block Anti-Abortion Bill

Wed, June 26, 2013 9:22am EDT by 12 Comments
Wendy Davis Filibuster
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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?

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Chris

Posted at 2:49 PM on July 7, 2013  

Wendy is a true warrior.

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Tiffany

Posted at 12:02 AM on June 29, 2013  

Wendy is a phony. I don’t trust her one bit after her SB-1107 BS.

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Linda Heenan

Posted at 3:45 AM on June 27, 2013  

How sad. This woman may have just ensured more deaths than Hitler did. I wish she would walk through an NICU ward and look at some of the little ones not much older than 20 weeks. What I can’t believe is a nation with so many people willing to allow the killing of their children.

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CHASE VAN ARSDALE

Posted at 2:35 PM on June 26, 2013  

OK….the poll asks: “are we impressed with the Wendy Davis filibuster?” No way “Jose!” Davis did the same thing 2 years ago at the end of the TX Legislature, proving only one thing, that she is a self absorbed phony like everyone else on here writes!

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Robyn Racine Roberts!

Posted at 1:45 PM on June 26, 2013  

Wendy Davis is “One Big Phony!” She wants as much Press & P.R. as she can get, because she wants to run for Governor of Texas! Why else would she do “that 10 hour filibuster!”

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Patricia Van Alders

Posted at 1:40 PM on June 26, 2013  

I wouldn’t trust Wendy Davis as far as I could though a stone! She isn’t for “the people” all she is, is for “herself!”

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Patricia Van Alders

Posted at 1:36 PM on June 26, 2013  

Not all impressed with Wendy Davis, in fact I voted for her opponant last year, {Dr. Mark Shelton}.
The people that say Wendy Davis is a phony, are absolutely correct!

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Carly Peitel

Posted at 11:42 AM on June 26, 2013  

M Adams you are 100% correct about Wendy Davis! I too live near Wendy’s district and even though I am also Pro Choice —“us locals” know that when Wendy does “something big” it’s just to advance her political career! As Gomer Pyle would say, SHAME SHAME SHAME, Wendy you big PHONY!

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Carly Peitel

Posted at 11:43 AM on June 26, 2013  

Where’s “M Adams” Comment?

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MeOhMy

Posted at 11:37 PM on June 26, 2013  

I was wondering the same thing.

 
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abe

Posted at 10:16 AM on June 26, 2013  

back to the past?
………..GO FOR THE FUTURE, folks!!

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CHASE VAN ARSDALE

Posted at 2:36 PM on June 26, 2013  

Huh?

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