Senator Wendy Davis held her ground in an 11-hour marathon filibuster, speaking out against a dangerous bill that would have forced 37 of Texas’ 42 providers of safe and legal abortion to close their doors. Hundreds of Texans packed the capitol to stand with Senator Davis – and thousands of folks across the country joined in on social media …
After Senate leadership managed to stop Senator Wendy Davis’ heroic filibuster, other brave champions of women’s health lined up to have her back – including Senator Kirk Watson and Rodney Ellis.
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For more than 15 minutes, the crowd in Austin cheered, shouted, and used their voices to block a vote on the bill: Citizens’ Filibuster, Part II.
Even Lt. Governor Dewhurst was forced to admit that the “unruly mob” was “the most incredible thing” he had ever seen.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s own Cecile Richards made this amazing announcement from the rotunda.
With most of the action happening in the middle of the night, there was no live network feed – so more than 175,000 people tuned in to watch the Texas Tribune’s live stream. All day long, women – and men – had their eyes on the Texas Senate.
This week we sent a message to the whole country: Women and their doctors – not politicians – should be making private medical decisions. What happened in Austin was an incredible turning point for women’s health – and we’re not going back. The fuse was lit in Texas, but now we’ve got to keep the fire going across the country.
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