Governor Rick Perry has called a second session of the Texas Legislature to pass abortion laws that would have banned the procedure after 20 weeks of pregnancy and forced numerous abortion clinics to close. Lawmakers will meet again on July 1st.
The session follows one of the most tumultuous days in the Texan senate after American Democratic Senator Wendy Davis performed a 13 hour filibuster. According to Republicans, Wendy strayed off topic and wore a back brace, both which are against filibuster rules.
This cleared the way for a vote, with Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst leading the charge. He may have been successful if it were not for the 400 supporters who stormed the gallery shouting and clapping, “shame, shame, shame”. Republicans registered their votes with Secretary of the Senate Patsy Spaw during the mayhem, although Democrats stated that the time that it occurred was 12:02am, and therefore illegal, while Republicans claim otherwise.
If the filibuster ran until midnight, Wendy and her cause would have been successful, but if a vote was cast before midnight, then the Republicans would have been victorious. Apparently the Senate’s official website registered the vote on Wednesday, after the deadline.
Updated 26th June, 2013 – 4:00pm
Thousands of people are waiting outside the Texas Senate, while still more refuse to leave the building amid the confusion surrounding the vote. With supporters of Senator Davis filling the gallery, and limited news outlets reporting on the issue, hundreds of thousands of people are watching the drama unfold via a live stream.
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Updated 26th June, 2013 – 3:45pm
There is chaos in Texas tonight as conflicting reports emerge over the outcome of Senator Davis’ fight to block new abortion laws in Texas.
Politicians on both sides are reporting that their side was victorious. Republicans are rejoicing that the bill passed, while Democrats are stating that the vote started at 12:02am, and therefore was illegal.
More details to come.
26th June, 2013
American Democratic Senator, Wendy Davis, is currently doing everything she can to stop an anti-abortion bill going ahead in Texas. This includes ‘filibusting’, which means she is standing and talking for 13 hours straight. A filibuster, sometimes referred to as ‘talking out a bill’, basically means you continue to talk in order to extend debate on a topic in the senate.
You heard right, this lady is putting off sitting and using the bathroom to fight for a woman’s right to an abortion. Her colleagues even removed her chair so she ‘wouldn’t be tempted’.
The proposed bill would close every abortion clinic in the second most populous state of the US, Texas. Davis is avidly opposed to restrictions on reproductive health and autonomoy, citing her experience as a ‘teen mom’. She said she was “rising to the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans”.
Wendy will be standing until midnight US time, so far persevering even through the outburst from a male protester who shouted, “Abortion is Genocide”.
We aren’t the only ones with some Wendy Davis love, with the hash-tags #SB5 and #standwithwendy exploding on Twitter to support the Senator. If you have an abortion story you would like told give the lady something to talk about here.Published on Urban Society / 19 June, 2013