The day after State Sen. Wendy Davis’ 13-hour filibuster thwarted Texas Republicans’ abortion bill, Gov. Rick Perry called for a second meeting of the legislature on July 1st. The second session will consider two additional bills.
The bill that was narrowly blocked last night would have closed all but five of Texas’ abortion clinics. Specifically, it banned abortion after 20 weeks and required all doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals.
For 11 hours, Sen. Wendy Davis read the stories of witnesses concerning the bill who did not get a chance to speak before a Senate Committee meeting last week. Unlike filibusters in Washington D.C., the Senator could not stray from the topic and couldn’t even lean on a desk for support. The Republican opposition has accused her of breaking the rules when a colleague adjusted her back brace, but the Senate president upheld the filibuster and the voting time expired.
The filibuster was the last recourse for Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate but it paid off, if only to buy them time.
“Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state,” said Gov. Perry said in a statement.
“Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn.” Ironically, this proclamation comes as the state is poised to reach a 500-person milestone in state sanctioned executions with the lethal injection of Kimberly Mccarthy this evening.